The Lansing Lions and Basehor-Linwood Bobcats softball teams split their Tuesday doubleheader at Lansing High School. Lansing won game one 12-2 and Basehor took game two 2-1.
Lansing’s offense came alive early when Caroline Crawford drove in two runs in the first. Lansing would add two in the second, four in the third to go up 8-0 before the Bobcats answered with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth. Lansing added another run to take a 9-2 lead before adding two more in the sixth on their way to the 12-2 win.
Lions head coach Rachel Milnark said the Lions came out in game one with determination.
"The girls just came off a hot weekend in the Sunflower Festival scoring many runs and playing solid defense," Milnark said. "Although we came out with a couple losses, it was a win on the weekend for us ending 3-2. The first game against Basehor the girls came out hot at the plate and had that same fire and determination in their eyes as they did while they were playing the bigger 6A schools. Our defense was strong, Bradi Basler pitched an awesome game on the mound and our hits were solid and strung together. We put the ball in play and made Basehor have to work hard for outs."
Riley Phillips and Cayleigh Berry led the Lions with three hits each. Bradi Basler, Brooke Gilfert and Chaise Miller each had two. Shannon Jessup and Crawford had one hit each. Basler took the win pitching, allowing five hits, two runs with seven strikeouts.
Kate Drennon led the Bobcats with two hits. Emma Horton, Britney Hoffman and Audrey Spellman each had a hit. Hanna Hull took the loss. Hull pitched 2.1 innings and allowed nine hits, eight runs with a strikeout. Horton came on in relief, allowing five hits, three runs with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
The Lions jumped out 1-0 after the first inning in the second game after Phillips scored. The Bobcats would get on the board in the fourth after Paige Fox scored. Mallory Gallet would score in the fifth and give Basehor-Linwood the 2-1 lead. The Bobcats would hold on and take the second game.
Milnark said the approach at the plate changed in the second game.
In game two, the girls' approach at the plate and towards the game changed," Milnark said. "We scored one run in the first inning and were unable to score again in the game. Our outfield was stellar with some amazing catches by Jessica Gray and Shannon Jessup. Caroline Crawford did great on the mound, but our offense did not help her out unfortunately. With the 2-1 loss against Basehor, we will be working on pitch selections and having plans at the plate in upcoming practices."
Seven Bobcats recorded a hit in game two. Horton, Fox, Drennon, Gallet, Samantha Price, Sadie McWilliams and Olivia Garvey each had a hit. Horton took the win, allowing four hits, one run with two strikeouts.
Basler led Lansing with two hits. Phillips and Berry each had a hit. Crawford took the loss, allowing seven hits, two runs with 11 strikeouts.
Both softball teams will return to action Tuesday in doubleheaders. Basehor-Linwood will host Silver Lake. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Lansing travels to De Soto. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.