BLHS softball drops first two games
Basehor-Linwood lost in the seventh inning of the season opener against Blue Valley on Tuesday.
With two outs and a runner on third base, Blue Valley scored to win the game 7-6.
The run capped a back and forth game.
Blue Valley scored two runs in the first inning and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, Basehor-Linwood scored two runs and the score was 3-2. The Bobcats took the lead by scoring three more runs in the fifth inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, though, Blue Valley scored three runs to take a 6-5 lead.
Basehor-Linwood tied the game with a run in the sixth inning. Neither team scored until Blue Valley scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning.
Brooke Redmond pitched the game and took the loss for the Bobcats.
“Brooke had three three-up and three-down innings and our goal is always seven of those innings, so we have some work to do,” Mayberry said. “Work that I'm very confident that Brooke will do and wants to do. She's a competitor and will get it fixed.”
At the plate, Olivia Cowan swung the bat well for the Bobcats. She was 4-for-4 and scored two runs. In addition, Redmond was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
“I thought after early inning nerves we played okay,” Mayberry said. “We competed and we were in the game and in a position to be successful. Miscues cost us runs and miscues led to Blue Valley's scoring. A lot of learning occurred. As long as we all give everything we've got on every single play, we'll be fine. As long as we all commit to that mindset, good things will happen.”
In the second game of the day, Blue Valley North defeated Basehor-Linwood 14-0 in five innings.
North scored two runs in the first, six in the second, one in the third and five in the fifth inning.
Shelby Pierce pitched and took the loss.
“The final score says it all. Anytime a team has lack of leadership, pitching, and fails make routine plays, it's a recipe for disaster,” Mayberry said. “The players from last year will get it fixed and the freshmen are going to help them get it fixed.”
Hannah Tush had two hits to lead the BLHS offense.
Mayberry said the game was a good chance to evaluate her players in a game atmosphere..
“Usually we give everyone on the team an opportunity to play in the first two games of the season,” Mayberry said. “After that, it's who consistently delivers, and provides something positive to the team.”
Yes, the first doubleheader was a bit of a feeling out period for the Bobcats who lost the first game 7-6 and were spread 14-0 in the second game.
“We will find out against Tonganoxie just how tough each one of us is when we compete, and the price that each one of us is willing to pay in order to be successful,” she said. “I know we want to be more than just an average team. Any team can work to be average. We want and expect more of ourselves than that. We'll be just fine.”