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Lady ‘Cats finish strong en route to No. 1 seed

BLHS sweeps Bonner in regular season finale

May 12, 2005

The BLHS softball team has won three out of its last four games, including a split with 6A Blue Valley and a sweep of league rival Bonner Springs.

Chelsea Patton was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and Kristal Holland struck out eight in a 4-2 victory over a talented Blue Valley team in the first game of a double header last Thursday.

Holland was also 1 for 3 with two RBI's along with Erin Shore who was 1 for 3 with two RBI's.

Unfortunately the Lady Bobcats dropped the second game 4-2. But the Lady Bobcats got more production out of the entire lineup, just leaving too many base runners stranded.

Shore once again had two RBI's, the only runs of the game, which all came off of a double in the fourth inning.

"We like playing good competition," head coach Susan Mayberry said. "Any time we can play against a 6A school it's exciting. We have a lot of respect for the EKL and we enjoy competing against them."

It was senior night on Monday, facing Bonner Springs and the Lady Bobcats would send their veterans off with a couple of wins.

The first game took eight innings to finish but finally ended after Stephanie Barger lead off the eighth inning with a triple -- her only hit of the game. Then Patton hit the first pitch she saw over the wall, a walk- off, two-run homer with one out in the eighth.

"It came at exactly the right time," Mayberry said. "It was exciting for the team and all the fans."

The next win came much easier, a 5-0 shutout, and resembled the type of game the Lady Bobcats have played all year.

They spread out hits, RBIs and played small ball.

Holland struck out 26 on the day and only gave up two hits in the shutout win, continuing her streak of dominance in the Kaw Valley league.

"I thought we played two really solid games," Mayberry said. "Kristal pitched really well, our defense played solid and we got on base and drove in runs. We were playing like a team on a mission."

The Lady Bobcats mission isn't quite accomplished yet. The seeding comes out for the league tournament on Monday. Mayberry and her gritty bunch won't be satisfied with anything less than a league title.

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