Bobcats stumble against Cyclones
Basehor-Linwood softball players never got the bats rolling in the first game of a doubleheader against Bishop Ward on Tuesday at Field of Dreams.
Bishop Ward pitcher Jenny Schneider stifled the Bobcats, earning a 1-0 victory and keeping BLHS batters off balance in the process.
Schneider changed speeds effectively and kept the Bobcats guessing at the plate, keeping them from getting into a rhythm on offense.
Schneider struck out seven in the game.
“I think we left our bats on the bus,” BLHS coach Susan Mayberry said.
Basehor-Linwood had base runners in the game, but failed to have a runner cross the plate. The Bobcats were unable to record a big timely hit in the contest.
For most of the game, Shelby Pierce stifled Bishop Ward hitters. The Cyclones looked to have scored a run in the third inning when a player hit a home run and then was ruled out for batting out of order.
Bishop Ward could not score until the seventh inning. A triple followed by a ground ball pushed the go-ahead run across. The run was the difference in the game as Schneider worked a scoreless seventh inning.
“There goes first place,” Mayberry said after the game, referencing her team’s bid to tie Lansing for the Kaw Valley League lead.
She spoke about the importance of being ready to play and not playing sluggish softball. In the KVL there are not any days off. Players have to be ready for the game.
At the plate, players need to have a plan at the plate and concentrate on defense. They have to stay locked in and play tough defense.
When Mayberry was done speaking, she went back to setting the lineup for the next game.
“We are going to forget about that one,” she said.
Basehor-Linwood lost the second game, 3-2.
The Bobcats were leading late in the second game, but a throwing error to right field set up Ward’s third and winning run in the game.
After trailing 2-1, Bishop Ward scored two runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
At the plate, BLHS had base runners in the majority of innings, and scored in the third and fifth innings.
“Most teams go through a time in their season when things don’t necessarily go their way,” Mayberry said. “Maybe this night was our night. We’re going to push through it and get back to work. The issues we have will be addressed at practice. This team is in the hands of our senior class and we want them to start stepping up their game offensively and becoming more consistent at the plate. Our younger players are playing well. We’ve put these two games behind us and will focus on getting back to the way we’re capable of playing and hitting.”
The Bobcats next play at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Bonner Springs at Field of Dreams. It will be senior night and alumni night.