7 starters back for BLHS softball
The Basehor-Linwood softball team returns a nucleus of players from last season’s team that finished with a 12-10 record and concluded the year with a loss to Perry-Lecompton in the Class 4A regional semifinals.
Perry-Lecompton went on to play in the state tournament.
Looking forward, coach Susan Mayberry said the team’s success will hinge on how well all facets of softball can come together.
“If we shore up some positions, hit consistently at the plate, and our pitching staff comes through for us, we’ll be pretty competitive,” Mayberry said. “I feel like we have a group of players who are willing to take on the pressure of varsity softball head on.”
The Bobcats have seven returning varsity players from last season.
Here is how it breaks down:
The team has three seniors in Kara Douglas, Tiffany Jennings, Annie King. Douglas and King are four-year starters for the Bobcats.
Jennings will be called upon to step up as a second pitcher.
“We need her to pinpoint pitches and have control,” Mayberry said. “She throws harder than any of our other pitchers. We would like to see her become more consistent and accurate. If she does that, then she is going to see some time.”
Shelby Pierce will carry the load as pitcher.
Megan Rehm, a three-year letter winner, has switched from outfield to shortstop this season.
The team also gets back Caylee Smith who missed most of last year with a broken hand. She played sparingly as a courtesy runner last year, and this season she is competing for playing time at second base.
Tara Chumley is likely to switch from the outfield to catcher, competing for playing time at that position with Kelsey Belk.
In addition to returning players, freshmen Brooke Redmond, Hannah Tush, Courtney Wise and Olivia Cowan are competing for varsity time.
“It is going to be interesting to see how it all plays out,” Mayberry said. “It is a short season, 20 games in six weeks, and we hope to be playing our best at regional time.”
Basehor-Linwood opens the season Tuesday in a quad against Blue Valley and Blue Valley North. Lansing play those schools, but will not play Basehor.