BLHS softball squad earns hard-fought split with LHS
Basehor-Linwood knocked off Lansing in game one of a softball doubleheader Monday at Lansing City Park, but the Bobcats were unable to carry the momentum all the way to a sweep.
BLHS won game one 8-4 and then fell 4-3 in the nightcap.
Lansing took control early in game one as the Lions scored twice in the first inning and once more in the second for a 3-1 lead.
Basehor-Linwood struggled to string together hits until the sixth inning when they erupted for five runs.
Shelby Pierce started the inning with a one-out single. Then, with two outs, Candice Jennings and Kortney Rist singled and loaded the bases for Brooke Redmond. Redmond laced a double to the gap that scored all three runners and gave BLHS a 4-3 lead. Redmond then scored on a base hit by Kayleigh Schoenfelder. Courtney Leive walked, and Schoenfelder moved to third.
BLHS coach Susan Mayberry then called for a double steal. Leive swiped second while Schoenfelder stole home and gave the Bobcats a 6-3 lead.
Lansing scored once in the bottom of the sixth, and then BLHS tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh before shutting down the Lions and claiming the victory.
“(We played) with great tenacity and confidence,” Mayberry said. “Great defensive effort, heads-up play and hustle.”
Pierce pitched the opener for BLHS and earned the victory. Lansing’s Kenzie Rome took the loss.
“Shelby pitched great!” Mayberry said. “(It was) a great team effort to secure the Kaw Valley League championship.”
Redmond finished 1-for-3 with a walk and three runs batted in. Leive was 1-or-3 with a triple, and Hannah Tush went 1-for-3 with three stolen bases, an RBI and a run scored.
Pierce also pitched game two for BLHS, but the Bobcats didn’t provide as much offensive support.
BLHS scored once in the first inning, once in the second and once in the sixth. Lansing plated two runs in the second and two more in the fifth.
Leive had three hits to lead the Bobcats, and Redmond had two hits.
“We had several scoring opportunities with runners all over the bases,” Mayberry said. “We were taken out of two ‘could have been big innings’ for us with Lansing making a couple of great defensive plays. Would like to have seen us drive the ball harder and get it to the outfield on a line.”