Braves softball splits home opener against Lansing
Geena Harris tripped as she slid home, covering the front of her jersey with dirt as she represented the Bonner Springs softball team’s winning run in an 8-7 win against Lansing in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Luckily for BSHS, one seventh-inning run, and not style points, was what the Braves (1-7) needed to win their first game of the season in front of what was also the year’s first home crowd.
Harris, who also struck out four in three innings of work, finished 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, including a game-tying run by Morgan Reed in the seventh that preceded Harris’ game-winner, which came off an RBI by Mikaela Bennett.
A freshman alled up from junior varsity, Reed replaced Cassady Holloway, who has now missed two doubleheaders because of medical issues, BSHS coach Denise Chowning said.
BSHS scored four in the first inning before Lansing took the lead with a five-run second. Until Harris slid home to end the opener, the Lions either held the lead or were at least tied since their big second inning. Bennett finished 2-for-4 with two RBI as well.
Reed had a triple, and Harris and Laughlin each batted in a pair of runs in the nightcap, but Lansing used a three-run seventh and a game-ending double play to end the night with an 11-8 win. Bennett and Annie Carpenter each finished 3-for-4 and Brandy Brouhard led the Braves with two runs scored. Brouhard, Chowning noted after the game, was also a freshman who joined the Braves from junior varsity.
“She started in right field and did an awesome job offensively and defensively for the team,” Chowning said.
The two teams combined for 30 hits in the second game and Harris struck out three in a complete-game performance.
The Braves will get a week off from competition before traveling to Shawnee to play Mill Valley on April 23.