Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2008

B-L earns split with Perry-Lecompton

Coach looks for consistency on offense, seeks focus on ‘next pitch’

April 16, 2008

Basehor-Linwood knew it had to capitalize on opportunities in the nightcap of Tuesday night's softball doubleheader after stranding several runners in scoring position in a 4-2 first-game loss to Perry-Lecompton. The Lady Bobcats did just that, winning 10-4 to earn a split.

"We need to overcome mental mistakes on defense and we need to be able to transfer solid practice habits such as hitting mechanics and pitching sequences into consistency in games," BLHS coach Susan Mayberry said. "We have got to become more consistent at the plate and quit giving away at-bats. We do that, we'll be just fine. These players need to understand that I fully trust them and have complete confidence in their abilities."

Chelsey Patton hit a three-run home run in the second game to lead the Lady 'Cats. Mayberry was also pleased with Patton's defense.

"Chelsey is becoming more and more consistent with her play," Mayberry said.

Shelby Pierce pitched a complete game in the first contest and received the loss. Tiffany Jennings got the win in the second game.

"Our pitchers have got to do a better job of hitting their locations and getting ahead of hitters," Mayberry said. "We need to get ready to play from the very first pitch. Once we got the lead in game two, I thought Tiffany provided some solid innings and gave us opportunities for several ground-ball outs."

Maggie Schroeder had a solid day at the plate, drawing four walks and collecting three hits. Mayberry said Jennifer Sirridge "provided a spark" when she lined a shot off the pitcher's shin that resulted in an overthrow at first, which produced three runs in the second game.

"We need to understand that we haven't accomplished or proven one thing this season," Mayberry said. "We need to understand that the only focus we should have is on the next pitch or the next play. It's a matter of being consistent and being a student of the game; we need to continue to always be looking for an edge or an opportunity to produce positive results; heads-up base running, reading signals, finishing pick-off plays and rundowns, and communicating."

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