Basehor softball rallies past Perry-Lecompton, stays unbeaten in KVL
Basehor-Linwood softball players didn’t make it look easy against Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday at Field of Dreams, but coach Susan Mayberry isn’t necessarily worried about style points as long as the team wins.
“Absolutely, it feels good to get a win any way that we can get them,” she said. “It was like we were pulling teeth again, but somehow, someway we persevered. I give the kids all the credit in the world for capitalizing on opportunities when we had to. It was a tough night and I was glad we won.”
The second game was decided on Perry-Lecompton’s final at-bat.
Brooke Redmond, who started the second game, stood on the mound in the sixth inning and tried to protect a 3-2 lead as Perry-Lecompton had runners on second and third.
With two outs, the game hung in the balance.
A hit would tie the game. An out would end it.
Redmond went to work, pitching to the batter and eventually recording the strikeout.
The Bobcats won, but they had to battle back after trailing 1-0 in the first inning.
Rachel Neal singled and later scored on a hit by Caylee Smith. A hit by Hannah Tush plated Smith and gave BLHS a 2-1 lead after two innings.
Perry tied the game in the third inning, but the Bobcats quickly responded. Hannah Tush — a speedy cross country standout — raced home on a passed ball, beating a close play and giving her team the lead for good.
Redmond didn’t allow a run the rest of the game. In the field, BLHS made plays behind her and didn’t commit an error.
In the first game, Basehor-Linwood trailed 3-1 in the fourth inning. The Bobcats, though, scored four runs in the sixth inning. Courtney Leive, Shelby Pierce, Tara Chumley and Rachel Neal all crossed the plate as BLHS rallied for a 5-3 victory.
“When you put the ball in play you can make a lot of good things happen,” Mayberry said.
Shelby Pierce pitched for the Bobcats and picked up the win.
The Bobcats also swept a doubleheader against Piper last week. They won the first game 9-1 and the second game 15-2.
Basehor-Linwood played Mill Valley on Wednesday in a matchup that featured two teams unbeaten in league play. The games were originally scheduled for April 6 but were rained out. Results were unavailable at press time.
SENIOR/ALUMNI DAY SET
The Basehor-Linwood softball program will conduct its annual Senior/Alumni Day during the Bobcats’ doubleheader against Lansing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Field of Dreams.
The ceremony, which recognizes this year’s senior class along with alumni who played softball for the Bobcats, and are in attendance, will begin immediately following the conclusion of the first game at approximately 5:45 p.m.
“This is always such a special night to honor the current senior class,” Mayberry said. “It’s also a great time for our former players to come back. Each year we have a good turnout of former players who have helped build the strong tradition that our program enjoys.”
The Bobcats play their home games at the Field of Dreams complex, just west of Kansas Highway 7 on Fairmount Road (Country Road 8).
Alumni may register with Coach Mayberry in advance by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to facebook.com/pages/Bobcats-Softball/106202026084633?created&v=wall.