Team showcased at Dairy Days
Basehor-Linwood softball players made their first public appearance since winning the Class 4A State Title during Memorial Day weekend, signing autographs on June 5 at Dairy Days.
A team picture was placed on a fire truck for onlookers to view as players signed autographs and were congratulated by community members. The Class 4A State trophy was placed on the table.
Visitors congratulated players on championship season, which was the first girls team championship in school history. The BLHS boys basketball team won the 2009 Class 4A State Title.
“Yeah, we had quite a few people ask for autographs,” senior Megan Rehm said. “A lot of people were just congratulating us. It was nice that the community could tell us that we did a good job and could share the championship with us.”
Dairy Days organizers invited the team to participate, and coach Susan Mayberry said it was a special honor for the team.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “The kids signed a lot of autographs. The people were just really proud of them. It was nice for the players and managers to be recognized.”
The team earned the recognition with its play on the field last season. While the Class 4A State Championship gives this team a banner and a place in history, statistics tell the story of a team that dominated throughout the season.
Basehor-Linwood outscored opponents 200 to 43 this season. For every five runs the Bobcats scored, opponents scored one run.
In regional play, BLHS outscored opponents 18-1.
In the state tournament, BLHS outscored opponents 14-6 including a 5-2 win over Mulvane in the championship game.
Basehor-Linwood finished the season with a 24-2 record and an 8-1 record in Kaw Valley League play. The lone league loss was to Mill Valley.
Mayberry said it was a special team to coach.
“They come along once in a lifetime,” she said.
Expectations were different for this team early in the season and as it progressed, players set a state-winning goal.
“I don't know if every year we go in thinking that we will win state,” Mayberry said. “I think every year you hope to get to state. This team, though, we played so consistent all season. Not a lot of up and downs. A hiccup (with) Mill Valley and that was it. We found ways to win and executed. I think we all felt that it was our year and it all fell into place. We were just solid all year.”
BLHS players peaked late in the season, avoiding the miscues that had occurred for previous teams in regionals.
“We had great hitting and advanced runners on the bases,” she said. “We took advantage of miscues. We had great pitching and defense. We had it all, all the ingredients needed to be successful. I am so happy for the kids. This is something they will have forever.”
A pep rally June 21 at the high school will also honor the softball team for its championship.