Basehor-Linwood softball blanks BV Southwest, 3-0
When Candice Jennings stepped up to the plate a very strange thing happened: She broke her bat. This was not a clichéd splintering of wood a-la “The Natural,” but instead a regulation metal bat that separated when she connected on a foul ball.
The top half of the bat flew several yards toward Hannah Tush who was on deck. When the catcalls quieted and she grabbed a new bat, Jennings hit the ball deep into left field for a double.
Despite the temporary distraction and delay, that curious at-bat provided a spark for the Basehor-Linwood softball team, which defeated Blue Valley Southwest 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
Though Jennings did not score, she started a run as four Bobcats recorded base hits in the second inning.
With the game tied 0-0 in the top of the third Olivia Cowan hit a single to start the new inning. She stole second and third, and was batted in by Allison Kasick two batters later. Basehor was on the board.
“Our bats finally came alive,” Basehor-Linwood coach Susan Mayberry said. “When we get back-to-back hits and our bunts are working we can put something together.”
Cowan said she entered the game really focused, but saw a big difference in the team.
“We came together,” Cowan said. “When I feel like the team is playing together and the crowd is in it the pressure is off when we are up and having a good time.”
The scoring stayed sporadic with only two more runs in the game. Each run came in its own inning and came from either the first or second batter.
Cowan scored again under nearly identical circumstances with a single, two steals and another RBI for Kasick.
“I have had a couple average games this season so it means a lot to me because it shows I am improving,” Cowan said.
In the sixth inning Brianna Kennedy subbed in for Kori Nichols and made her presence known quickly. In her first at-bat after being pulled up from junior varsity she hit a single.
Two batters later, she crossed home plate with the final run for Basehor-Linwood.
Mayberry has a young team with five sophomores and Kennedy, who is a freshman.
When Kennedy stepped up and made a big play, Mayberry used her as an example of how underclassmen can contribute.
“We needed the ball put into play and we have a lot of girls who deserve an opportunity,” Mayberry said.
Basehor will host Bishop Ward at 6 p.m. on Thursday with a new chance for underclassmen to show what they bring to the table.