Lady Bobcats rolling toward postseason
Senior Kristal Holland struck out 22, gave up four hits and allowed zero runs in a doubleheader sweep of Bishop Ward on Tuesday.
The Lady Bobcats won 3-0 and Holland took a no hitter into the seventh inning of the first game. Bishop Ward was finally able to put bat to ball with one out in their last at bat, a base hit up the middle. It marks the second time in the season that Holland took a no hitter into the seventh inning of a game and lost it.
"It's nice to have one (a no hitter) on your record but as long as we win I'm happy," Holland said. "It's still only a one hitter and our defense played really well."
Holland's high fastball, accompanied with her deadly change up, kept batters off balance all day long.
Bishop Ward would switch pitchers in between games and couldn't have been happy to see Holland step on the rubber for the second game showing no signs of fatigue.
"I'd rather pitch both games than sit the second," Holland said after being asked if she felt any added pressure to pitching every game. "I've been doing it for two years now so it's not a big deal."
Bishop Ward would go in order for the first three innings and only put a runner on third base once, leaving her stranded in the seventh to preserve the second shut out of the day.
The Lady Bobcats did everything they needed to do at the right times, despite both games sounding like no contests. They played small ball when they needed to and got big hits with runners in scoring positions.
"It's always nice to get that first run across and capitalize on their mistakes," head coach Susan Mayberry said. "When we're cooking on all cylinders, and everyone embraces their roles, we are a tough team to beat."
The Lady Bobcats were never in any real trouble on Tuesday but they got some big hits from senior Brandi Sirridge who was 2 for 5 with a line out and two RBI's on the day.
"It felt really awesome to help lead the team today," Sirridge said who had been struggling to come up with that big hit as of late. "I felt more confident today, just went up there with a clear head and tried not to think."
As the designated player Sirridge didn't play in the field, but according to Mayberry she does play a huge role in the success of her team.
"Brandi plays a difficult role on this team and sometimes gets frustrated," Mayberry said. "We feed off of her leadership and she responded today."
The Lady Bobcats have only one make up a game at Mill Valley and the rest of their games will be played at home, including today versus Blue Valley.
At 9-5 overall, and 6-2 in the Kaw Valley League, the team seems to be peaking at the right time.