Basehor-Linwood crushes Mill Valley in softball sweep
Basehor-Linwood softball coach Susan Mayberry stood in the outfield grass and began to celebrate on Tuesday.
In a tradition that started last season, she danced a little bit for her players after a doubleheader sweep over Mill Valley.
The dance, which left players smiling, was well deserved.
“We have played emotionally consistent. That is what you hope for,” Mayberry said. “When you play hard, good things are going to happen. We played hard and good things happened.”
The Bobcats won the first game, 11-1, and prevailed in the second, 7-2.
In the first game, Basehor-Linwood scored one run in the first inning. The Bobcats scored two more in the third inning and then four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings of play to win the game.
“We started bunting a lot and forced errors,” Mayberry said. “That led to runs. We were able to start stroking the ball pretty well after that. Our bunting turned into multiple opportunities.”
Mill Valley scored one run in the contest and struggled on defense.
“We are working on executing in the first night coming out,” Mill Valley coach Sarah Haub said. “We saw great things from the girls, had some good plays. Sometimes we had girls trying to make the play before fielding the ball. I think we had a lot of nerves in the first game.”
Shelby Pierce started at pitcher and picked up the win for the Bobcats.
“Shelby was on and our batting was outstanding,” Mayberry said. “We came through with clutch hits and had runners on.”
In the second game, Basehor-Linwood had chances to break open the game early, but couldn’t capitalize until later in the game.
With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Basehor-Linwood scored one run when a player was walked with the bases loaded. The team scored two more runs on a double by freshman Olivia Cowan that plated two more runs and gave BLHS a 5-2 lead.
Pierce, who pitched in relief of Tiffany Jennings, didn’t allow a run in the sixth inning. The Jaguars had just one hit.
Basehor-Linwood scored two more runs in the seventh inning, taking a commanding 7-2 lead in the game. The Bobcats had an RBI double from Brooke Redmond and a single by Hannah Tush that plated a run.
Pierced worked a perfect seventh inning to close out the game.
The Bobcats won the game after being engaged in a tight contest for the early part of the game. Basehor-Linwood led 2-1 in the third inning when Tush singled and scored.
Mill Valley answered with a home run by Ariel Mull.
Basehor-Linwood squandered back-to-back opportunities in the fourth inning. The team had the bases loaded in both innings.
“Yep, we had a couple innings bases loaded, less than two outs, just couldn’t get a hit when we needed to,” Mayberry said. “Finally we got that solid hit and it just kind of opened up after that. We got infield hits and kept running around the bases.”
Mill Valley’s offense struggled throughout the game.
“We started out strong, but we can’t execute at the plate right now. We’re not getting our bunts down,” Haub said. “When you can’t get runners on, you can’t score.”
Basehor-Linwood improves to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Kaw Valley League. Mayberry said the wins could provide the team momentum.
“We are a fun team to watch when we put the ball in play,” she said. “I was real pleased with our defense. The girls feel good playing behind Shelby. We did a great job pitching tonight and putting the ball in play.”
Basehor-Linwood plays today at Tonganoxie.