Lady Cats split with BV Northwest
Four games into the softball season Kristal Holland has pitched a shutout, a one-hitter and a three-hitter with the help of some great defense, but the Lady 'Cats have just one victory to show for it.
Basehor opened the season with a doubleheader against Blue Valley Northwest last Wednesday. Things started off very shaky, as the Lady 'Cats lost 12-1 in five innings.
"That was just first game jitters," coach Susan Mayberry said.
The Lady 'Cats proved Mayberry right in the second game, as Holland shut down the bats of the powerful Blue Valley team, which is a 6A school, and Basehor hit enough to get a 2-0 victory.
"They're very good, and I'm very pleased with the way we played in the second game," Mayberry said. "We made some key defensive plays, and Kristal pitched really well."
Holland pitched well in both games against Lansing on Monday also, but ended up with two tough losses. The Lady 'Cats managed six hits from six different players in the first game, but they were all singles and no one could put a run across. Holland pitched a one-hit gem, but Basehor lost 1-0.
"I think I did pretty well," Holland said. "I could do better probably, but I think I pitched an ok game. It was frustrating because I knew we were a better team than them, but we'll get keep getting better."
The second game against Lansing was eerily similar, with the Lions taking it 2-1. Holland was strong, striking out five and giving up just three hits and two runs. But again, the bats were quiet. Terra Nichols and Amanda Hughes, who both had hits in the first game, also had hits in the second. Nichols' double was the only extra base hit of the day for Basehor.
Holland helped her own cause in the second game by singling home the only RBI of the day for the Lady 'Cats, but it wasn't enough. She said her pitching mindset didn't change when the team was down a couple runs and scrapping to try and come from behind.
"It's more intense, but I don't ever give up on anything," Holland said. "We can always come back and score."
Holland said the team was pressing at the plate and that it was having an adverse effect on its hitting.
"We need to concentrate more on relaxing at the plate, not getting too nervous," Holland said.
Mayberry had the Lady 'Cats working extensively in the batting cages at practice on Tuesday, hoping to solve some of the offensive struggles and find a way for the team to harness the energy it had during the victory against Blue Valley Northwest.
The Lady 'Cats play at home against Tonganoxie at 4:30 p.m. tonight.