BLHS earns softball split with Class 6A opponents
The Basehor-Linwood softball team can accomplish great things this season if it is willing to work hard and display similar intensity to what it did in Tuesday’s season-opening games at Blue Valley District Activities Complex, coach Susan Mayberry said.
“Overall, I thought we consistently played hard,” she said. “This is a team that is capable of doing a lot with great effort.”
The Bobcats earned a doubleheader split while facing two different Class 6A opponents.
Things did not start especially well for the Bobcats.
Blue Valley run ruled BLHS, 10-0, in six innings in the first game.
Pitcher Shelby Pierce took the loss for the Bobcats.
Following the defeat, Basehor-Linwood played another Blue Valley school, defeating Blue Valley North, 7-6, in seven innings.
Tiffany Jennings pitched a complete game to earn the victory.
“I think the kids take pride in beating 5A and 6A schools,” Mayberry said. “It speaks highly of our program to traditionally compete and beat teams from the EKL (East Kansas League).”
Basehor-Linwood trailed early in the game before Kara Douglas smacked a home run to tie the game 4-4.
The home run was also a sign of adjustments for the Bobcats as they showed more confidence at the plate and were determined to get good pitches to hit, Mayberry said.
After tying the game, Basehor-Linwood never trailed again. It scored three more runs and only allowed Blue Valley North two more in winning the game.
BLHS players Megan Rehm, Douglas and Annie King drove runs in during the game.
While she is pleased with earning a win, Mayberry said there is work to be done early in the season.
“We know it can keep improving,” she said. “Anytime a team has concentrated effort, good things are possible. We have plenty to work on and this team has the heart and the will to persevere.”
The Bobcats (1-1) will spend the rest of the week practicing and then return to the field at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at De Soto 3&2 against Mill Valley in the Kaw Valley League opener. After that the Bobcats will play Tonganoxie at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.