Redmond, offense’s red hot bats lead BLHS to 15-0 first-round regional win
Baseball narrowly loses
The Bobcats lost a 14-13 slugfest with Meriden West on Monday in the opening round of the regional tournament. Stay tuned for more.
Senior Brooke Redmond’s three strikeouts in the first inning let everyone at Field of Dreams know that No. 1 Basehor-Linwood was starting this tournament in top form. And the finish would be just as dominant.
It took Basehor-Linwood four innings to dispatch No. 8 Perry-Lecompton, 15-0, in the first round of the 4A softball regionals tournament.
“We came out and just started hitting the snot out of the ball,” Redmond said. “I just think everybody was in the game.”
Most runs came in a second-inning blur, with 12 coming from just about every batter. Courtney Leive started the inning with a 2-RBI single and ended the inning with a 2-RBI double, but was tagged trying to push for third base, which was the final out.
But in between were shots fired in every open gap and no base remained vacant. There were a couple of times several runners were left on base, but Basehor-Linwood could only score so many times.
Redmond continued her dominance and the Bobcats scored the three runs they needed in the third and fourth innings to win by the mercy rule.
The clichéd “team effort” line can be applied here because players were constantly on base chasing each other. For coach Susan Mayberry, tactics and scouting reports were unnecessary with the chemistry this team has shown.
“We worked all week, so now it’s time to just let the kids play,” she said.
Apparently, as some of the girls noted, the early season losses to Mill Valley could be a product of this aggressive-type play. There has been an extreme desire to win.
“I’m not saying it’s good that we lost, but it definitely helped us in the end,” Hannah Tush said. “We don’t want it to happen again so we’re playing even harder.”
Redmond said that given this constant need for success, the top seeding hasn’t affected the Bobcats that much. It’s a simple concept of never having to taste defeat again.
Basehor-Linwood will play No. 4 seed Meriden-Jefferson West 3 p.m. Tuesday at Field of Dreams. If it advances to the championship game, it will play the winner of Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie in the championship game at 6 p.m.
With the way the Bobcats are playing right now, there is no need to change strategies.
“The opponent has no face or color,” Mayberry said. “We just come to play and focus on ourselves.”
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