BLHS softball overcomes slow start
One game was uncomfortably close. The other was over early.
The result, however, was a doubleheader sweep for the Basehor-Linwood softball team on Tuesday at Bishop Ward.
The Bobcats needed two extra innings to claim a 3-1 victory in game one, but they responded with a 22-0 blowout in the nightcap and earned a mercy-rule victory in five innings.
In the first game, the score was tied 1-1 in the ninth inning when Brooke Redmond led off with a single. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then Caylee Smith doubled to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
“Caylee Smith was gritty and was a gamer in the ninth inning,” coach Susan Mayberry said. “That was a big hit to win the game.”
Courtney Leive followed with a base hit that drove in Smith from second base. The 3-1 lead was all the Bobcats needed to hang on. Pitcher Brooke Redmond retired the Cyclones in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Redmond finished the game with 14 strikeouts and upped her season total to 118.
Redmond and her Bishop Ward counterpart kept batters off-balance throughout the game. It was scoreless through four innings before Smith singled and later scored on a passed ball in the fifth. Ward tied the game with a run on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth. Neither team scored again until the ninth.
After struggling to reach base in game one, the Bobcats had a hard time getting out in game two. They pounded 20 hits and had seven players with multi-hit performances in the 22-0 victory.
“That is called Bobcat hitting,” Mayberry said. “When we hit like that, it is a lot of fun to watch.”
The Bobcats sent at least nine batters to the plate in three different innings.
Basehor-Linwood scored five runs in the first inning. Hannah Tush drove in a run with a double, and Megan Rehm had a two-run triple in the inning.
The Bobcats’ bats exploded in the fourth inning as they scored eight runs. BLHS sent 11 batters to the plate. Shelby Pierce had a two-run single. Rachel Neal drove in a run with a single and Rehm had another triple.
The Bobcats added nine runs in the fifth inning as 12 players went to the plate. Tush doubled to drive in two runs, and Redmond had a run-scoring single in a game where the offense came easy.
Pierce made her return to the mound in the second game. She entered the game at pitcher in relief of Brooke Redmond who pitched to the first batter and then was pulled. Pierce, who had not thrown in a couple weeks, recorded the shutout. She recorded seven strikeouts including two in the fifth inning.