The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats softball season came to an end Tuesday in a 6-2 loss to Emporia.
The Bobcats fell at home to the Spartans in the championship game for regionals.
Earlier in the day, Basehor-Linwood defeated Bonner Springs 9-1 to advance to the championship.
The Bobcats and Braves were scoreless until the bottom of the third when Olivia Garvey’s double brought in Audrey Spellman. A single by Samantha Price got Garvey in and the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead after three.
Bonner Springs added a run to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the middle of the fourth but Paige Fox would score the first of three runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-1 after four. Basehor would score four more runs in the sixth and take game one 9-1.
Price led the Bobcats with three hits on the day. Spellman, Garvey and Kate Drennon each had two hits. Fox, Britney Hoffman and Emma Horton all recorded a hit.
Hanna Hull took the win pitching. The freshman allowed four hits, one run and four strikeouts in seven innings.
After a short break, Basehor-Linwood continued action in the championship against Emporia. Emporia rolled passed Pittsburg 14-0 to set up their matchup with BLHS.
The Spartans scored in the top of the first with runs by Kaylee Thomas and Rylea Harris to go up 2-0.
The game would remain 2-0 until the bottom of the seventh.
Drennon helped spark a comeback and the Bobcats tied the game 2-2. With the winning run on third, the Bobcats failed to score and sent the game into extra innings.
Neither team scored in the eighth. In the top of the ninth, Emporia scored on four runs, including three on a double to go up 6-2. The Bobcats had one final shot to score in the bottom of the ninth but could not muster runs and the Bobcats fell 6-2.
Drennon led the Bobcats with two hits in her final game as the senior graduates Thursday. Senior Mallory Gallet had a hit. Fox, Hoffman and Garvey also recorded hits. Hull was the pitcher again for the Bobcats and allowed 14 hits, six runs and one strikeout in nine innings pitched.
The loss ends the season for Basehor-Linwood. The Bobcats finished the year 12-8. Emporia’s win clinches a spot in next week’s 5A state tournamentin Maize. The Spartans are joined by Lansing, Goddard and Blue Valley Southwest as teams to secure their spot to Maize. The remaining spots were determined by Wednesday.
Bobcats head coach Susan Mayberry said she feels sad for her players.
“I’m pretty sad for our kids right now, Mayberry said. “They fought and gave everything they had. With their backs against the wall, they came back fighting a couple times. They tied the game up and had a chance to win it. But credit to Emporia. I feel like our kids rose up to the occasion.”
Mayberry credits the hit by Drennon as the spark to tie the game in the seventh.
“(The team) doesn’t like losing,” she said. “When Kate Drennon got up and crushed that ball, that just lit us on fire. Nobody wanted to go home. We felt like we could compete and just as good as Emporia. We fought back and tied it. We had two outs to get one run in and it didn’t happen. Today Emporia wins. Another day who knows?”
With the season over, the Bobcats will say goodbye to Drennon and Gallet as the two seniors graduate. Mayberry said she told the seniors that it has been a long time since the team has had standup seniors like those two on the field. The Bobcats will still return a large chunk of varsity players including 10 freshmen, who Mayberry said are fearless.
“These freshmen are fearless,” Mayberry said. “They’re competitive and ready to play. They fit right in and set the stage for what is supposed to be a fun next few years…The leadership the freshmen will bring next year will be huge. And they learned that through our seniors.”
The Bobcats softball team was not the only team participating in regional action Tuesday.
In soccer, Basehor-Linwood fell 6-0 to Seaman. Lansing soccer also fell Tuesday 10-0 to De Soto. Both team’s seasons are over.
The Basehor-Linwood baseball team took on Lansing in Seaman for their first regional game. Lansing would take the game 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth in walk-off fashion. The Basehor loss ended the season for the Bobcats. The win advanced Lansing to the regional championship where the Lions fell 9-0 to Seaman to end their year.
The Leavenworth Pioneers baseball team faced Blue Valley Northwest and fell 5-0 to end their season.
Pleasant Ridge’s baseball season came to an end Tuesday in an 11-1 loss to Sabetha.
In softball, the Leavenworth Pioneers fell to Olathe Northwest 11-1 to end their year.
Check back in Thursday’s paper or at www.leavenworthtimes.com/sports for extended recaps of these games.