Basehor-Linwood softball surging, rivalry showdown with BSHS next up
Green and gold balloons flapping against the bleachers mixed with cheers from parents and friends to make a fitting soundtrack for Basehor-Linwood softball’s senior night. Seniors Olivia Cowan, Hannah Tush, Kourtney Rist and Brooke Redmond were honored between games in Bobcat tradition with pictures, flowers and softballs from the team.
As the Bobcats honored the effort of four seniors, they swept a doubleheader with the Lansing Lions, 7-1 and 4-2.
“It means just about everything,” Tush said. “Senior night is special and you want to give it your all and that is what we did.”
Coach Susan Mayberry said that the team has been celebrating in similar fashion for 15 years and incoming freshmen look forward to their own incarnation of senior night.
“It means a lot, these kids will remember their senior night probably more than any other game in the regular season,” Mayberry said.
The team plays at the Basehor Field of Dreams Complex a few miles away from the high school, so Redmond said it was nice to see the stands full in support of their final home game.
“It is really special to have everyone come out and see what our team is really about,” Redmond said.
In the first game, the Bobcats got off to a quick start with two runs in the first inning. Tush was hit by a pitch, but scored off an RBI from Allison Kasick. Basehor-Linwood scored steadily in the next couple innings while only allowing one run from Lansing in the fourth inning, ultimately winning 7-1.
Between games, current players and alumni lined the field as senior speeches from the players and managers were read. The Bobcats returned to the dugout with fresh slices of cake and renewed energy for their second game.
Lansing held a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Basehor matched and raised them one more with runs from Cowan and Tush off another Kasick RBI. Kasick finished with two runs to lead the Bobcats to a 4-2 victory in the second game.
Redmond pitched both games and was impressed with the team’s resiliency to come back after being down a run early in the game.
“Our team is really good at staying together and fighting until the end,” Redmond said.
She credited determination and timely hitting for their successful comeback.
“We are not a big hitting team, but when we need hits, we get them,” Redmond said.
Basehor-Linwood improved to 12-2 with four more games left in the regular season, and the four seniors have their eye on another state title.
The Bobcats won state in 2010 when these four athletes were sophomores, but the memories are driving them this season as well.
“I want another ring before I graduate,” Tush said.
Mayberry said their biggest strengths headed into the last games of the season are pitching and defense. Tush said she expects this team to make a deep run based on their work so far.
“We are looking really good, and I am excited about what we could do,” Tush said. “We are surprising each other and really coming together.”
Basehor-Linwood will travel to Bonner Springs for a 4:15 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.