Bonner Springs softball squad opens season with 13-4 victory
Bonner Springs got off to a flying start Thursday night with a 13-4 victory at Turner in the softball season-opener.
The victory already puts BSHS one win away from matching its wins total — two — from 2009 and set the tone for year number two under coach Kara Wardlow.
Shelbie Thornton got the Bravettes started with a leadoff single. Freshman Sammy Ricci-Weller followed with a single past third base. Thornton scored on a single by sophomore Breanna Tendick, and Ricci-Weller slid in under a tag at home on sophomore Kylee Timberlake’s ground ball to the pitcher. Senior Carli Turner reached with a single and senior Kelly Chastain plated two with a hard single.
Chastain took the mound with a four-run cushion, but she struggled to find the zone and allowed three runs.
Her teammates rallied behind her, however, and picked up two more runs in the second inning, one in the third, three in the fourth and another three in the fifth to blow the game wide open.
Chastain settled down after the rocky first inning and allowed one more run in the next three innings before being relieved by freshman pitcher Geena Harris.
Harris was spectacular in her debut. She struck out six in her three innings pitched and was nearly unhittable. The over-matched Bears could barely get the bat over the plate by the time Harris’ heater slammed into the catcher’s glove. The 14 year-old looked like the best player on the field in her first career game.
The Bravettes were solid all-around against Turner. Tendick went 4-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while beginning her bid to become an All-Kaw Valley League player for the second straight season. Carli Turner had two hits and scored three runs.
Bonner Springs (1-0) was scheduled to play a doubleheader Tuesday, April 6, at Santa Fe Trail. The games were rained out. Up next for BSHS is a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Perry-Lecompton. Bonner Springs’ home opener will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, against Lansing.