Basehor-Linwood stomps Sumner, earns return trip to 4A 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 than 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 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. The championship game was slated for later that night with the Basehor-Ward winner facing either De Soto or St. James Academy. Results were unavailable at press time but can be found at basehorinfo.com.
KAW VALLEY LEAGUE UPDATE
The race for the Kaw Valley League championship was a log-jam last week with three teams tied atop the standings. Now, the final standings are out.
Mill Valley won the league title with an 8-1 mark, edging Basehor-Linwood in a tiebreaker. MVHS owned a head-to-head victory against the Bobcats.
The tie was broken when Lansing swept Perry-Lecompton last week. LHS and PLHS both posted 7-2 records.
Bonner Springs was 4-5 in league play and finished fifth.