Redmond rocks, BLHS softball rolls
Brooke Redmond was the winning pitcher in both games against Lansing on Tuesday at Field of Dreams.
The sophomore stole the Senior Night show. She started and won the first game 3-0 in front of a large gathering of fans and alumni.
“It feels great. It’s awesome and feels good to keep the lead in the fight for second place (in the Kaw Valley League),” Redmond said. “The crowd was good tonight with it being Senior Night, and it really got us going. I think it pumped us all up.”
After winning the first game, she entered during the first inning of the nightcap in relief of starter Shelby Pierce, a junior. With runners in scoring position, Redmond limited the damage to just two runs.
Lansing managed just one run the rest of the way as BLHS rallied for a 5-3 victory.
Coach Susan Mayberry said she was proud of Redmond for having command of her pitches throughout the doubleheader.
“She is on right now,” Mayberry said. “She did a good job of working ahead in the count against batters.”
While Redmond carried the Bobcats on the mound, Pierce delivered at first base and at the plate. She supported Redmond by going 2-of-3 with a run-scoring double.
“Shelby played a tremendous game at first base,” Mayberry said. “She is doing what she needs to do to help the team be successful. On offense, she set us on fire with the way she hit in that second game.”
Pierce singled to start off the third inning and scored on a single by Olivia Cowan. The run sparked the Bobcats to a four-run third inning as the Bobcats blasted six hits and sent eight batters to the plate. Pierce, Tara Chumley, Megan Rehm and Courtney Leive all scored.
The Bobcats tacked on a run by Rachel Neal off of a Pierce double in the fourth inning.
The Lions scored again in the fifth inning when Mikenzie Rome singled and later scored on a triple by Rachel Milnark.
While a pair of underclassmen led the Bobcats in the doubleheader, the team honored its four seniors — Caylee Smith, Rehm, Neal and Chumley — between games. Numerous alumni in attendance also were recognized.
Smith said she wasn’t sure whether or not she would play in the game after being sick with the flu on Monday, but she was well enough to play and contribute both offensively and defensively.
“It feels good. We fought through a lot of stuff going on with our team and found a way to win,” she said.
Smith is part of a special class of seniors for the Bobcats, Mayberry said.
“Every Senior Night is special, and the class of 2010 was a great group because of their character, loyalty and commitment to all things they have chosen to do in regards to activities and sports and the way they treat people,” Mayberry said. “They are going to graduate and impact the lives of people the way they did at Basehor. They are fun to coach and fun to watch play.”
The doubleheader sweep was extra special for the Bobcats after LHS handed BLHS a loss in last year’s 23-inning thriller. It was the longest game in state history.
Basehor-Linwood didn’t need extra innings to win Tuesday, but showed the ability to rally from a deficit.
The Bobcats now are 12-2 this season. They next play at 4:30 p.m. today at Turner.