Bobcats finish strong, sweep Bonner Springs
Basehor-Linwood found ways to score runs late and sweep a doubleheader against Bonner Springs on Thursday, April 28, at Field of Dreams.
In a battle of Kaw Valley League foes, Basehor-Linwood outscored Bonner Springs by a combined score of 7-3 in the last two innings of the games, winning 10-5 and 5-2.
The late runs were the difference in both games, and BLHS coach Susan Mayberry said the late charge showed her team knows how to finish games.
“It was good to see the kids show some resiliency and face some adversity and be able to pull out two victories,” Mayberry said.
Still, she said there were times BLHS lost focus. She said the Bobcats still need to focus on playing consistently for seven innings.
In the first game, Basehor-Linwood led 2-0 after two innings.
“We came out loose and focused early in the game and were hitting the ball,” Mayberry said. “We were producing runs.”
Then the momentum of the game shifted.
Bonner Springs scored three runs in the third inning and took the lead.
“Then, we had a hiccup in the third inning with a walk, an error and a double (that) scored the two runs,” Mayberry said. “Then, another base hit.”
The Braves scored another run to take a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.
BLHS tied game in the bottom of the fourth by scoring two runs. Bonner Springs scored once in the top of the fifth for a 5-4 lead, however.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Basehor-Linwood scored five more runs to take a 9-5 lead for good.
Shelby Pierce led off with a single and advanced to third on two passed balls. Allison Kasick drove Pierce in with a single. Candace Jennings reached on an error. Two other runners reached base, and Courtney Leive picked up an RBI.
Basehor-Linwood added one more run in the sixth inning.
Mayberry said she was pleased with her team’s efficiency on offense during the late innings.
“We put the ball in play more frequently to try to get as many runs as we can,” Mayberry said. “It was nice to see us fight through those innings and limit people getting on base. We just lost our focus in the middle.”
Pierce entered the game in relief of Brooke Redmond and earned the victory.
Pierce pitched a complete game in the nightcap, and the Bobcats never trailed.
BLHS scored two runs in the third inning to take the lead. The Bobcats added one more run in the fourth inning and led 3-0 entering the sixth inning. That’s when BSHS rallied.
The Braves scored twice in the sixth. They had the bases loaded and one out. A pair of errors allowed both runs to score. Clinging to a 3-2 lead, BLHS threw the tying runner out at the plate for the second out. BSHS had runners at second and third base with two outs, but Pierce struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The Bobcats scored two runs in the sixth inning to go up 5-2. Courtney Rist and Brooke Redmond reached base on walks and scored on a two-out double by Leive.
“We walked five times in the second game,” Mayberry said. “We squeaked out a win and will take them any way we can get them. We have got to work hard on maintaining our focus.”