Kaw Valley League coaches honor five from BLHS for softball skills
Basehor-Linwood had five players named to the All-Kaw Valley League softball team that was voted on by league coaches and announced this week.
“Once again, it just shows the girls’ commitment and desire to be the best,” coach Susan Mayberry said. “I would say that about all of these kids. The level of their play this season was just outstanding. They are all very deserving of the recognition.”
Megan Rehm was a first-team infield selection and played shortstop for the Bobcats.
She was the team’s leadoff hitter with a .444 batting average. She scored 38 runs and had 36 hits. She had 18 runs batted in and two home runs. She also had five triples and 10 doubles for an on-base percentage of .773.
“She just was an outstanding athlete, consistent and dependable,” Mayberry said. “She did an outstanding job.”
In addition to Rehm, the team had three second-team selections.
Kara Douglas was named to the second team as an infielder and predominately played third base.
Douglas batted .346 with 27 hits and 22 runs batted in. She had one home run and a .462 slugging percentage. On defense, she had 18 put-outs and 29 assists.
“Kara is a four-year starter at third base,” Mayberry said. “She is just solid on defense.”
Hannah Tush was a second-team selection in the outfield, playing center field this season. Tush batted .306 with 22 hits and 19 runs scored. She drove in 11 runs and had a .430 on-base percentage.
Mayberry has worked to play the best players no matter what the grade level, and Tush compiled her solid stat line as just a freshman.
“Hannah hit in the two spot every game this season,” Mayberry said. “She is a very heads-up player and can make the running catch and diving catch with ease. She is a very, very good player.”
Shelby Pierce was a second-team pitcher for the Bobcats. She was the team’s workhorse on the mound.
“Shelby Pierce was our ace,” Mayberry said. “She has really been a strong leader for us. I would put her up against Perry-Lecompton or Lansing’s pitchers — those are the two that got first team. I am so proud of her.”
In addition to the second team selections, Annie King was an honorable mention infield selection and played first base.
“Annie King did an outstanding job defensively, just a remarkable job of playing her position, and playing it well,” Mayberry said. “She contributes in a lot of different ways.”
The players were part of a team that finished the year with a 15-7 record and lost in the Class 4A regional championship game to Bishop Ward.