BLHS softball advances to regional semifinals
Basehor-Linwood crushed Sumner Academy, 11-0, in the opening round of the Class 4A regional softball tournament Tuesday at Spring Hill.
Basehor-Linwood looked every bit the tournament’s No. 1 seed as it pounced on the eighth-seeded Sabres early and never let up. In doing so, the Bobcats also were able to settle into the tournament and prepare for Wednesday’s semifinals and — possibly — championship game.
“We were able to get all the jitters out and got ready to go tomorrow,” coach Susan Mayberry said.
BLHS built a 4-0 lead by the end of the second inning. The Bobcats tacked on four more runs in the fourth inning to break the game open. They scored three more in the sixth to clinch the mercy-rule victory.
At the plate, the Bobcats adjusted quickly to Sumner’s pitching.
“(It was) a little different pitching that what we are used to, but we scouted them and the kids played well,” Mayberry said. “We got a game under our belt and are ready to go tomorrow.”
Brooke Redmond started at pitcher and earned the victory, striking out 14 batters while scattering three hits.
Most of the balls that Sumner put into play were fielded either by shortstop Megan Rehm or second baseman Caylee Smith who provided sufficient defensive support for Redmond.
Basehor-Linwood, 19-2, advanced to play Bishop Ward at 3 p.m. Wednesday. If the Bobcats win, they would play in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. against either De Soto or St. James Academy.