Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2004

Piper Pirates take 2 from Lady ‘Cats

BLHS bats quiet in two-game sweep

April 22, 2004

The Lady 'Cats' struggles at the plate continued in two losses to Piper last Thursday. Even so, if not for one bad inning in each of the games, they would have had a chance.

Basehor allowed six run innings in each of the two games against the Pirates and lost 8-1 and 9-3.

The low run output continued a puzzling pattern for the Lady 'Cats. They scored 11 runs in one game against Tonganoxie and 12 in an extra-innings victory against Santa Fe Trail earlier in the year. But in their other eight games this year they've scored three runs or less.

In fact, in those eight games the Lady 'Cats scored a combined 10 runs. But they know they can hit. After all, in their victory over Santa Fe Trail they scored six runs in the eighth inning alone.

"We work on hitting every day in practice, and we do it great then," catcher Nicole Kirk said. "But then we get in the game and it just doesn't happen."

Kirk said the inconsistent offense had all the Lady 'Cats wracking their brains for a solution.

"If we could figure it out, I guess we would fix it," Kirk said.

The lack of run support has put an extra strain on pitcher Kristal Holland, who already had a lot of pressure on her going into the season. Holland has pitched every inning of every game this semester, but only has a few wins to show for it.

With the bats going silent again on Thursday, a couple of tough innings was all it took for Holland to get saddled with two more losses.

"She did as good as she could, but we just had so many stupid errors and things that shouldn't have happened," Kirk said.

The Piper losses were especially puzzling because the Lady 'Cats were coming off their most dramatic, confidence-building victory of the season. Terra Nichols had fueled the 12-10 victory over Santa Fe Trail with a walk-off grand slam in the eighth inning to cap a huge comeback. But the four RBI that Nichols got with that one swing equaled all the runs the entire team was able to generate in two games on Thursday.

Kirk said she didn't think the team had an emotional letdown after the Santa Fe Trail game, but admitted she had expected a different atmosphere on Thursday.

"The energy didn't seem to carry over from our win," Kirk said. "After we had those bad innings early on it kind of effected the rest of the game both times."

Tuesday's softball games at Perry-Lecompton were rained out. Basehor's next varsity action is at home against Mill Valley at 4:30 p.m. tonight.

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