Lady ‘Cats swept by perennial power
In their opener the Lady Bobcats out hit and out pitched Blue Valley Northwest. But, defensive miscues with two outs and mental mistakes left BLHS just short of starting the season off on the right foot.
Of course the Lady Bobcats wanted to open their season with a pair of wins, but often times a lot can be learned from a loss. Head coach Susan Mayberry felt like her team put themselves into position for winning but with two outs let BVNW extend their innings with either a physical or mental error.
"We would get two outs, and get that ground ball right to someone that we wanted and we'd make a mistake to allow them to score," Mayberry said.
The Lady Bobcats lost the first game by only one run, 6-5, and the second by two, 3-1. All three runs in the second game for BVNW came with two outs.
Junior Kristal Holland went 2-4 and pitched well in both games for the losing effort. She recorded 10 strike outs, allowing eight hits. Holland gave up only two total earned runs.
"Kristal and I both agreed that she can pitch much better," Mayberry said, despite a decent outing by the junior.
Behind sophomore Erin Shore's two RBI 3-4 effort in the first game of the double header, the Lady Bobcats came out swinging right in the beginning, and scored three runs in the first inning. After blanking their opponent in the second, they followed up the big first inning with one run in the second, and one in the third. The bats went cold after that and BVNW took advantage of the BLHS mistakes.
"We were aggressive at the plate, and we created several scoring opportunities for ourselves," Mayberry said. "We would like to see that continue."
BVNW scored three runs in the second inning and two in the third. The game stayed tied at 5-5 until the sixth inning when BVNW would score the final and game winning run off of a dropped line drive that should have ended the inning.
The second game for the Lady Bobcats was a little more of the same except without the run support. They scored their lone run in the second inning, and BVNW scored one run in the first and two in the fourth.
"It's frustrating (getting two outs and then playing poor defense), but I know we are capable of working through the mistakes and moving on," Mayberry said.
The Lady Bobcats will be looking for some redemption as they head down the road to Tonganoxie today. The first game starts at 4:30 p.m., and they would love to get some support.