Archive for Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bobcat softball rolls to 9-2 record

April 23, 2009

Susan Mayberry

Susan Mayberry

Using a formula of sound pitching, stingy defense and timely hitting, the Basehor-Linwood softball team continues to roll this season.

The Bobcats went 5-1 during the last seven days while outscoring opponents, 46-10.

“I think we’re on a mission,” coach Susan Mayberry said.  “I trust the players, and they trust coach Shore and I. We’ve got each other’s back, and that’s what makes it work.”

The Bobcats swept Santa Fe Trail in a doubleheader on Monday, 11-0 and 7-3.

“We played great,” Mayberry said. “Players one through 12, players were attacking the ball on offense, and we played outstanding defense.”

The team was able to get timely two-out hits during both games.

Shelby Pierce pitched the first game and earned the victory. In the second game, she entered in relief of Tiffany Jennings who started the game and closed it out.

“Shelby pitched outstanding,” Mayberry said.

Basehor-Linwood backed up its pitchers with quality defense in both games, Mayberry said.

Basehor-Linwood also swept Piper on Thursday, April 16. The Bobcats won the first game, 7-1, and prevailed in the second, 17-1.

“We dominated from start to finish; Shelby pitched great,” Mayberry said.

Pierce pitched and earned the victory in the first game. Jennings earned the victory in the second game.

The Bobcats played sound defense, turning multiple double plays in the routs of the Pirates.

The lone rough patch came Tuesday as BLHS split with Perry-Lecompton in what could be a precursor to a postseason matchup.

The two Kaw Valley League foes are familiar with one another. Perry defeated Basehor in regional competition last year, and the Bobcats wanted a little redemption during Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Basehor found it in the first game, winning 4-1.

“We came out swinging the bats, putting runners in scoring position and capitalizing on mistakes,” Mayberry said.

After winning the first game, BLHS lost the second game, 4-0.

In spite of the loss, Mayberry said she is pleased with the progress that her program is making.

“The energy with this team is outstanding,” she said. “We have great chemistry, and our goal is to continue building for post season.  After suffering a heartbreaking loss in regionals last year against Perry-Lecompton, we felt

like these games were an opportunity for redemption.”

Basehor now is 9-2 this season. The Bobcats play Tuesday against Lansing at Lansing City Park.


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