BLHS, BSHS softball teams belt their way to regional semifinal rematch
The Bonner Springs softball team shocked Tonganoxie in the first round of regional play on Monday, cruising to an 18-3 win in four innings.
The Braves finished with 17 hits and no errors in the field, doing most of their damage in a 12-run fourth to advance to a 4:45 p.m. regional semifinal against Basehor-Linwood Tuesday in Eudora.
“I think the girls’ confidence was up,” BSHS coach Denise Chowning said after Monday’s victory. “We knew we could beat them.”
After splitting a doubleheader against Tonganoxie less than a week before regionals and defeating St. James Academy, 2-1, on Friday, Chowning said her young team has begun to peak at the right time.
“Our bats are coming alive,” she said.
Tonganoxie (11-8) opened the game with a 2-1 lead before the Braves (6-12) put it away.
Cassady Holloway hit a two-run single in the second inning to score Bridget Rittinghouse and Katie Carpenter. Holloway finished with three RBIs on three hits to lead the Braves on Monday.
Meagan Laughlin, Mikaela Bennett, Geena Harris and Alexis Tendick each also batted in two runs and Laughlin tied Holloway for a team-high three hits. Harris pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits.
Basehor-Linwood (14-5) also cruised in its first-round game on Monday, downing Bishop Ward, 15-0, in five innings.
The Bobcats reached base 15 times on either a walk or hit by pitch, and didn’t need an extra-base hit to do their damage on Monday. Stay tuned for more from Tuesday’s regional semifinals and finals from Eudora.