Rehm ignites Basehor-Linwood early as Bobcats blow out Kaws in Sweep
Basehor-Linwood softball player Megan Rehm provided her team with a fast start to its Tuesday home doubleheader against Santa Fe Trail.
She led off the first game with a solo home run as BLHS rolled to a 7-3 victory. The Bobcats also claimed game two, 11-1.
Santa Fe Trail answered Rehm’s game-one homer by scoring two runs in the second inning.
BLHS responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs as Rehm, Brooke Redmond, Courtney Leive and Rachel Neal all scored and gave BLHS a 5-2 lead.
The Bobcats tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning and were in control the rest of the way.
While the Bobcats won the game, they committed numerous errors and seemed a little complacent after building the early lead, coach Susan Mayberry said.
Shelby Pierce started the game for the Bobcats and struck out 11, but Mayberry said she hoped to see improved control from her ace as the season progresses.
“We are in need of more consistent location; that is the name of the game,” she said. “You have got to locate pitches.”
Mayberry also said her team’s defense needs to polish up a bit to provide better support to the pitchers.
In the second game, Redmond started on the mound and led the Bobcats to an 11-1 victory.
Redmond worked effectively against opposing hitters, Mayberry said.
“She was ahead in the count, and was able to use other pitches,” Mayberry said. “It was a much better outing tonight.”
A base hit by Pierce brought home Olivia Cowan and gave BLHS a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
The Bobcats broke open the game in the fourth inning. They bunched hits together and traded places on the base paths, scoring eight runs to take control of the game.
“We got a couple of hits and the gates just opened for us,” Mayberry said.
Rachel Neal singled and scored on a Cowan double early in the inning. Rehm delivered with a one-out double and later scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Redmond reached base on a single. Pierce drove in a run with a deep fly ball, and Caylee Smith brought Pierce home with a double. By the time the damage was done, the lead was 9-0 and a mercy-rule decision soon followed.
Basehor-Linwood is now 5-1 this season and 2-0 in the Kaw Valley League. The Bobcats next play at 4:30 p.m. today at Piper and again at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Perry-Lecompton.
Games against Mill Valley that were rained out April 6 have been rescheduled for April 21 at BLHS.