Redmond, Pierce throw no-hitter, Basehor-Linwood sweeps Ward
Basehor-Linwood defeated Bishop Ward by a combined score of 30-0 in a doubleheader that lasted eight innings Thursday at BWHS.
Shelby Pierce sparked the Bobcats when she made a diving catch in foul territory to retire the first batter of the game.
“It set the tone for the entire day,” coach Susan Mayberry said.
Basehor-Linwood scored one run in the first inning and then scored six in the second inning. The Bobcats added four more runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
At the plate, Hannah Tush was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Allison Kasick was 3-of-4 with four RBI. Brooked Redmond was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI.
“We played Bobcat softball,” Mayberry said. “We had great at-bats, our pitchers attacked hitters and we did a great job of running the bases.”
Redmond started the game and pitched four innings. Shelby Pierce pitched the fifth inning. The duo combined for a no-hitter.
Basehor-Linwood continued its domination in game two and needed just three innings to defeat the Cyclones, 15-0.
BLHS scored five runs in each inning, and the Cyclones never threatened to make things interesting.
Pierce led the offense with a triple and four RBI. Kasick belted a home run.
“Everyone contributed in this game, and eight of nine starters had at least one hit,” Mayberry said. “We played very well. They did a great job of seeing the ball at the plate. We had great discipline at the plate in both games, and it was fun to watch.”
Redmond pitched all three innings and recorded the victory.
“She did a nice job, stayed aggressive, attacked hitters and got ahead in the count during the game,” Mayberry said.
Basehor-Linwood (9-5) next plays at 4:30 p.m. today at home against Bonner Springs.
SOUTHWEST SWEEPS BLHS
The victories over Bishop Ward allowed Basehor-Linwood to move on from a pair of losses to Blue Valley Southwest on April 19.
Southwest won the first game 5-2.
BLHS led 2-1 entering the fifth inning, having scored twice in the third.
The game turned in the Timberwolves’ favor in the fifth inning.
With the bases loaded, Basehor-Linwood committed an error that allowed three Southwest runners to score.
Basehor-Linwood failed to score the rest of the game.
In the loss, Courtney Leive was 3-for-4 at the plate. Hannah Tush was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Brooke Redmond was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
In the second game, BVSW defeated Basehor-Linwood 5-4 in eight innings.
Southwest scored two runs in the eighth inning to win the game.
Neither team scored the first three innings. Southwest took a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
BLHS was scoreless until the sixth inning. That’s when the Bobcats scored three runs to take the lead.
Southwest forced extra innings by scoring one run in the seventh inning.
The Bobcats scored one run in the top of the eighth when Allison Kasick hit a solo home run. She finished the game with three hits and three RBI.
Kasick’s home run put Basehor-Linwood in a position to win the game, needing just three outs in the bottom of the eighth. Southwest scored twice, however, and claimed the victory.
“We loved the way we competed, and we were twice in a position to win the game,” Mayberry said. “Take away the mental mistakes and we win the game.”
Overall, Mayberry said the team can improve its play.
“We want to reduce the number of hits we allow,” she said. “We have to keep working to dominate the plate and we’ve got to execute pitches when we need an out.”
She also sees defense as an area the team can improve.
“We want to have a confident mindset on defense,” she said. “A tough mindset that when every pitch is made, we want it hit at us. We’ve got to want to make the play and know what play to make. We’ll get it fixed.”