Basehor, Tonganoxie split softball twinbill
Senior Night is always a big deal for the Basehor-Linwood softball team, and Tonganoxie tried to play the role of spoiler Thursday night at Field of Dreams.
The Chieftains - shorthanded and playing four junior varsity players after their lineup was ravaged by injuries - took the Lady Bobcats' best shot and pulled off a 4-2 upset in 10 innings in the opener. Basehor bounced back with a vengeance in game two with a 9-5 victory.
Tonganoxie jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the opener when Lauren Himpel slapped a leadoff single and later scored on a pickoff attempt at first.
Basehor answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff hitter Maggie Schroeder sent an 0-2 pitch into the parking lot for a solo home run.
Tonganoxie took a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Lindsey Himpel hit a single that plated Lauren Himpel.
Basehor stranded five runners during the next three innings before scoring the equalizer in the bottom of the sixth. Annie King reached base on an error and came around to score on an error.
Basehor stranded one runner in both the seventh and eighth innings and then two more runners in the ninth.
Tonganoxie's offense heated up again in the top of the 10th. Lauren Himpel hit a leadoff single to left. Lindsey Himpel then doubled to left and scored Lauren Himpel. Alisha Barnes reached on an error and Lindsey Himpel scored. That gave THS a 4-2 lead, and Basehor didn't have an answer.
Amanda Albert went the distance for Tonganoxie and scattered 14 hits. Shelby Pierce tossed a complete game for Basehor and allowed 11 hits.
Basehor's seniors and numerous alumni in attendance were recognized between games. The seniors also were presented gifts.
The ceremony gave the Lady 'Cats time to regroup, and they came out refocused in game two.
Jennifer Sirridge ripped a double to right field in the first inning and came around to score on an error. Tiffany Jennings made it 2-0 when she scored on a Sirridge base hit in the second.
THS rallied to tie the game in the top of the third when the Himpel sisters each scored. Megan Rehm came across for Basehor in the bottom of the inning and gave the Lady 'Cats a 3-2 advantage.
Basehor appeared to put the lead out of reach in the fourth when Schroeder singled and scored and Rehm bashed a solo homer off the scoreboard.
The three-run advantage quickly disappeared in the fifth inning, however, when Tonganoxie rallied to tie the game at 5-5. Lauren Himpel started the rally with a one-out triple. Lindsey Himpel brought her home with an infield single. Barnes was hit by a pitch, and Pratt followed with a two-run double.
Right as things got interesting again, Basehor washed away the drama. Schroeder drilled a solo shot to center field for her second homer of the night. Patton and Rehm reached on singles, and Kara Douglas capped the surge with a three-run home run that sailed into the parking lot beyond the left field fence.