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Season deemed a success for league champs

June 6, 2007

The Basehor-Linwood softball team wants to make one thing clear: the dream season that ended calamitously was not a disappointment.

"We weren't devastated," coach Susan Mayberry said. "We were obviously disappointed, but we had a very, very good year. We haven't forgotten that."

The Lady Bobcats finished the season 16-4 overall. They hosted regionals as the second seed. After quickly dispatching De Soto in the first round, BLHS was upset by sixth-seeded Piper, 9-0. The setback abruptly ended a charmed season that featured the first KVL championship in school history.

"It was very hard right after (the game)," Maggie Schroeder said. "It was like, the season is over. Done and out of here. We all had to move on, but it was hard for the few days after."

The one-and-done style of regional play allowed no room for error.

"We weren't shocked out of the regional tournament," Mayberry said.We were beat by a strong, competitive team.ny time you put Basehor-Linwood High School, Piper and Eudora in the same softball regional, it's going to be a tough test.e play them today, it's a different outcome. However, our team understands that you don't get do-overs."

Did the stellar season exceed Mayberry's expectations?

"Our season went great," Mayberry said.We finished 16-4 with a conference championship. I've never had a team that has exceeded my expectations.here were pessimistic attitudes surrounding our team in the beginning, but we knew what we had.e teach our kids that no matter what, you have to have hope.ou have to believe.therwise, how does a person become successful?e had all the right ingredients to succeed, and we did.e are very proud of what we've accomplished."

Next year's Lady Bobcats will have to replace two players: pitcher Erin Shore and first baseman Laura Reed. So how will the team look without them?

"I think pretty much the same," Chelsey Patton said. "We will lose the first baseman and the pitcher, but I think we will fill in those spots. Our (returning) pitchers will have to work hard. We aren't sure who will fill in the first base spot. It is a big loss, losing those two, but I am sure we can find someone to play those positions."

Patton will help soften some of the offensive loss. She hit .433 with 19 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .633 and an on-base percentage of .580.

The players weren't the only ones who like their chances.

"As in every year, we start where we have left off," Mayberry said.We potentially could have 10 players returning on varsity.he players have between now and February 25, 2008 to prepare themselves individually as a softball player to be better than they finished this season.e put the responsibility on each player, whether junior varsity or varsity, to use the summer, fall, and winter to work on their individual skill.ur question to our players is, 'What are you going to do, on your own, to make yourself a better softball player, period?' and, 'How hard are you willing to work to get better?'

"I'm sure that the fans can expect to once again see a group of kids play softball because they love it."

The players are just trying to forget about the last game of the season and focus on a memorable run to a league title.

"I look at it as another game that was lost," Patton said. "Yeah, it was the last game of the season, but I think we had an amazing year. Yeah, it was a downer to end the season like that, but we need to look back at all the good things that happened."

Chief among these memories will be bringing Basehor-Linwood its first softball league championship.

"We have 10 years of doing it the right way," Mayberry said.Once again this year we cashed in because of what the kids were able to put into the season.t took a lot of sweat and hard work. This team is a great team. We deserve every win that we got and we deserve to be the 2007 KVL softball champions. Coach (Mary) Nutter and I are extremely proud of our team."

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