Redmond, Pierce lead BLHS softball past Pirates
Behind quality starting pitching and timely hitting, the Basehor-Linwood softball team had little trouble in a doubleheader sweep Tuesday against Piper.
The Bobcats won the first game 10-0 in six innings and the second 9-1.
The BLHS pitching staff was dominant against Piper. Both pitchers, Brooke Redmond in the first game and Shelby Pierce in the second, allowed just one run and combined to strike out 18 batters.
The team’s defense fed off of its pitchers.
With some younger players in the field, consistent pitching is the key to success, coach Susan Mayberry said.
“When they are locating their pitches and hitting their spots, we can work off that and start building consistency,” she said. “We got that tonight.”
Redmond struck out 11 in the first game.
“Brooke settled down and got into a groove tonight,” Mayberry said.
Redmond had the advantage of pitching with the lead the entire game. The Bobcats scored two runs in the first inning when Courtney Leive and Olivia Cowan crossed the plate.
The Bobcats scored another run in the second inning when Brooke Redmond walked and scored. In the fifth inning, Candice Jennings drove in Hannah Tush. Jennings later scored on a hit by Kortney Rist. The Bobcats plated two more runs on a home run by Redmond.
Tush, Pierce and Kasick all scored in the sixth inning.
In game two, Leive and Tush scored in the first inning, and the Bobcats led the rest of the way. They scored four more runs in the third inning after Leive led off with a triple. Cowan brought home Leive with a ground out. Later in the inning, Tush doubled, Pierce was hit by a pitch, and both runners scored on a hit by Allison Kasick.
BLHS scored two more runs in the fourth inning. Kayleigh Schoenfelder and Cowan scored on a double by Tush. Redmond drove in the final run of the game in the fifth inning.
Pierce pitched the entire game and allowed just one run.
Overall, Mayberry said it was a strong performance for her team midway through the season.
“Yeah, the kids seemed to play loose and relaxed,” Mayberry said. “We are working out the kinks in our game right now. We are halfway through the season and starting to put things together.”
With the wins, Basehor-Linwood improved to 7-3 on the season.