Dominate pitching leads to three Mill Valley wins
The Mill Valley softball team ended the week with a 3-1 record, registering a pair of wins against Bonner Springs, 2-0, 10-2, last Thursday.
Mill Valley won a 2-0 opener against BLHS, but the Bobcats roared back from a four-run deficit to win the nightcap, 5-4.
The Lady Bobcats had a frustrating time putting a bat on the ball against Mill Valley senior pitcher Ashley Perkins in the opener. Perkins, who has not allowed an earned run this season, tossed a three-hit shutout while striking out ten batters.
"We feel if we can get her two or three runs, she's going to win the ballgame because she's a dominating pitcher," said Lady Jaguars head coach Patrick Sullivan. "She has confidence in all of her pitches, whether she's ahead or behind the count. There is no stopping her."
Basehor-Linwood attempted a two-out rally in the seventh with a pair of runners reaching base, but failed to score. Mill Valley scored its two runs in the third inning off Basehor-Linwood junior Courtney Reed, who struck out eight batters and allowed only five hits.
Brooke Woolery and Heather Teeter hit consecutive doubles to right-center field for the opening run. Shannon Keith then drove home Teeter with a single to right field. Woolery and Keith each had two hits in the victory.
In the nightcap, the Jaguars built a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but a collapse put the visitors in control for the win. Basehor-Linwood provided the offense with a five-run fifth inning, then held off a late charge by the Jaguars.
"In the four games we've lost, we've had a mental defensive mistake every time and it bit us again," Sullivan said.
Struggling to rattle the bats throughout the night, the Bobcats managed to piece together three hits in the fifth the only inning in Monday's doubleheader that BLHS would have more than one hit.
With the bases loaded and two outs, junior Megan Laffoon lofted a 0-1 pitch to left field for a triple, clearing the bases and pulling the Bobcats within one run. An RBI single, followed by an error allowed the Bobcats to take the lead.
In the seventh inning with two outs, the Jaguars began their late push with two runners reaching base by error and a walk, but a groundout ended the game.
"We just didn't come through in the clutch and we'll learn from that," Sullivan said. "I don't know that we let up. Courtney Reed is just a tough pitcher and Basehor-Linwood is a great team."
Jaguar freshman Sarah Luschen led the way by going 2-for-4, while Heather Teeter, Shannon Keith, Amy Siler and Mandi Heinrich provided RBIs.
Next up for the Jaguars will be DeSoto at 4:30 p.m., Thursday.