BLHS girls give coach’s father the game ball
Basehor After its 8-3 game one win against Mill Valley High, the Basehor-Linwood High softball team walked over to a truck that had BLHS coach Susan Mayberry's father, Don, in it.
They all gave him a hug and the game ball from the victory.
Don suffered a heart attack on March 29 and had triple-bypass surgery with an aortic valve replacement on April 1.
“He’s doing well,” Mayberry said. “It’s quite emotional. It was a year ago that we lost my mom. The kids love our family, and the kids wanted to give him the game ball.”
The Lady Bobcats won game two 12-10. It was a back-and-forth affair as Mill Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead before BLHS even batted. However, the Lady Jaguars put a five spot on the board, which included a two-run home run from Allison Kasick, the first home run hit at BLHS's new field, which was supposed to open last season, but didn't.
“She’s worked so hard,” Mayberry said. "She’s been frustrated with her batting of late, and I’m sure it’s a weight off her shoulders.”
Kasick went 2-2 in the game, with two walks.
MVHS took the lead right back in the second with three more runs and one in the third, which chased starter Asia Larsen out of the pitcher's circle in favor of game one starter Madison McDowell.
McDowell allowed three more runs in the fourth, but that was all the offense for Mill Valley as it was shut down in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
“We played through some very challenging situations,” Mayberry said. "A game where our defense wasn’t quite as sharp as we’re used to, but we played and fought through it. Madison came in and did a fabulous job of pitching.”
BLHS started to chip away at the lead slowly as it found itself down 10-6 heading into its half of the fourth.
Mayberry played small ball in the fourth and fifth.
Gaby Brown walked, and was moved over on a sac-bunt from Kayleigh Schoenfelder. Mill Valley's Lexie Myers tried getting Brown out at second, but the throw was late, giving BLHS runners at first and second.
MVHS coach Sarah Haub knew coming into these two games that it would be a difficult day for the defense, and that she would have to rotate pitchers. Her team didn’t perform how she wanted it to.
“I’m glad we played these two games because it tells me where we’re at defensively so we can improve,” Haub said. “This is our turning point, hopefully, in the season.”
She said the Lady Jaguars have to work on the small things, such as looking the ball into their gloves, fielding the ball in the outfield cleanly and knowing where to go with the ball when it’s hit to them.
Two batters later after a sac-bunt from Jenna Donnelly, Candice Jennings delivered a two RBI double to tie the game.
Jennings bat came up huge in the fifth when she doubled in two more runs to give the Lady Bobcats the lead for good. She went 2-for-4 in game two with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Jennings and Kasick teamed up in the fifth to end the inning when Jennings made a diving play to her left, got up and threw to Kasick at first, who was able to dig the ball out of the dirt.
For Mill Valley, Brenna Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Kaitlyn Jackman went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Rienna Schriner scored three times.