Basehor-Linwood sweeps Mill Valley softball
Entering the bottom of the fifth inning against Mill Valley on Tuesday, Basehor-Linwood trailed 7-1.
The Bobcats were looking for something positive to happen.
“Come on, give them a game,” coach Susan Mayberry yelled into the dugout as her players prepared to hit.
Mill Valley, though, had momentum and looked on its way to splitting the doubleheader after losing the first game 8-4.
The fifth inning changed all that.
Basehor-Linwood batters did more than give the Jaguars a game, erupting for 11 runs in the fifth inning and sending 16 batters to the plate. The inning started when BLHS loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. Olivia Cowan, Hannah Tush and Shelby Pierce drove in runs with singles and chased Mill Valley pitcher Lindsay Mason from the game.
Candice Jennings had a two-run single and Allison Kasick had a three-run double. Basehor-Linwood went on to win the game, 12-8.
“They rallied; boy did they rally,” Mayberry said. “They moved the pitching rubber back to 43 feet this year, and it is a different game. The kids strung some hits together and rallied. Shelby Pierce did a heck of a job at first base and then at pitching in the game. Her leadership has been tremendous with the younger players. When we are all working together, then we have got a chance.”
In contrast, Mill Valley coach Sarah Haub said her team’s late-game struggles were something her team needs to avoid this season. One bad inning proved costly, and it’s something that plagued the Jaguars at the state tournament last season.
“We have to get tougher on defense, and we struggled with that at state last year,” Haub said. “We have to become mentally tough and get through that tough inning.”
Mill Valley scored a run in the sixth inning when Kelli Spring walked and scored a run on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the sixth, Basehor-Linwood was retired in order. Pierce retired the side in the seventh inning to clinch the victory.
The last three innings of the game were in stark contrast to the beginning of it.
Mill Valley took an early lead on a two-run single by Taylor Brunson in the first inning.
Basehor-Linwood answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Courtney Leive led off with a double. She scored on a Tush single.
Mill Valley scored five runs in the third inning. Spring reached on a walk and scored on a Brunson double. She scored on a triple by Katie Yoder. Taszia Roseberry singled and Annie Deaver drove in two runs with a double to give the Jaguars early control before Basehor-Linwood rallied.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to 4-2 on the season. Mill Valley dropped to 0-2.
“It was the first game, but there are no excuses and we came out and made some good plays,” Haub said. “We also made some mistakes, and there are still some things we need to work on. We have to get tougher on defense.”
The second-game rally capped a two-game sweep for the Bobcats.
Brooke Redmond earned the victory for BLHS in game one. The Bobcats won 8-4.
In that game, Spring scored in the top of the first for Mill Valley, but BLHS answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Cowan, Tush and Pierce scored.
BLHS scored three more runs in the second inning when Tush, Kasick and Kayleigh Schoenfelder scored.
Jillian Jobe and Brunson scored for Mill Valley in the third, but BLHS answered with two more runs in the fourth as Pierce and Redmond crossed the plate. A home run by Roseberry in the sixth capped the scoring for Mill Valley.