BLHS softball sweeps Tonganoxie
The Basehor-Linwood High softball team swept Tonganoxie, 7-2 and 12-4, on Thursday at Field of Dreams.
The Bobcats never trailed in the first victory and although the Chieftains took a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning of Game 2, BLHS scored 11 unanswered runs to put the game away.
Basehor pitcher Shelby Pierce was the difference in the sweep. She picked up a complete game and the victory in Game 1 after striking out eight.
Then Pierce entered in relief of Brooke Redmond in the top of the fourth in the second contest. She pitched BLHS out of a jam in that inning, then retired the side in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
After back-to-back doubles from THS sisters Tiffany and Angela Jacobs in the top of the fourth were followed by a bunt single from Haley Smith, the Chieftains took a 4-1 lead.
They were inches away from keeping that lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and runners on the corners, the Bobcats’ Olivia Cowan blooped a shallow single just out of the range of THS center fielder McKenzie Knight. Knight read the ball perfectly and sprinted to try and record the would-be inning-ending out but she was just able to get the tip of her glove on it about a half-foot off the outfield grass. The single scored Rachel Neal from third base and, because she was running on contact with two down, Hannah Tush was able to score from first and cut the Tonganoxie lead to one.
From there, momentum shifted to the side of the Bobcats. Leadoff hitter Megan Rehm tied the game by driving in Cowan with a double to the left-field gap and she later scored on an error — giving Basehor a 5-4 lead — when Redmond grounded to second base.
Tonganoxie (1-3) wasn’t out of the game until allowing six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Bobcats sent 11 batters to the plate. Only two got hits as THS pitchers Tiffany Jacobs, Hannah Kemp and Brooklyn Kerbaugh combined to walk five batters and hit another.
In the eight-run victory, Rehm went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.
Redmond was 2-for-2 and drove in a run and Neal was 2-for-3.
Tiffany Jacobs led the Tonganoxie offense in the second game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Kerbaugh, Smith, Kaitlyn Wolken, Angela Jacobs and Emily Stafford had one hit apiece.
Basehor’s Tara Chumley was 3-for-3, scored three runs and drove in another in the 7-2 win.
Caylee Smith went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in that game.
Wolken plated the Chieftains’ only two runs with a double to left field in the top of the seventh. Tiffany Jacobs and Kerbaugh scored.
THS is home Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader with Piper.