The De Soto High School softball coaching staff proved Tuesday that well-timed substitutions don’t always involve players.
The De Soto High School softball coaching staff proved Tuesday that well-timed substitutions don't always involve players.
Wildcat softball coach Kelly Dennis was so upset at her team's performance that she couldn't face the team following the opening 4-1 loss in Tuesday's home doubleheader against Basehor-Linwood. Instead she called on De Soto assistant coach Darren Erpelding to play the music for the Wildcats.
"I was so upset, I told coach to go yell at them," she said.
Dennis wasn't the only upset Wildcat following the game. Starting pitcher Emily Baker was pretty bummed herself.
"He really let us have it," Baker said of Erpelding. "But our intensity was much better in the second game. Because of the way we played in the first game, we needed to come out and play well in that second game."
The ploy worked and a fired up Wildcat team took to the field in the nightcap. The result was a 5-1 win for De Soto.
Allie Heinen started the second game for De Soto and gave up a run in the top half of the first inning. But from then on she pitched a near-perfect game. She shut out the Bobcats the rest of the way as she kicked up her intensity a notch.
Heinen walked just two more batters during the final three innings of her stint and struck out one more.
The Bobcats scored their lone run in the first inning on a lead-off walk and an error. De Soto scored two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Wildcats added two more scores in the fourth inning and another in the bottom of the sixth inning, sealing the win.
Jara Mori tied the game when she lined a single down the third base line, leading off the first inning. She came home on Heinen's one-out single up the middle.
Heinen then gave the Wildcats the lead for good when she scored on a throwing error to third base.
Jenny Hill and Nicole Husted each scored a run in the fourth inning. Hill led-off the bottom of the fourth inning with a bunt single down the third base line. She scored on a single by Mori.
Husted reached base via a base on balls and scored on Baker's sacrifice bunt.
De Soto got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Mori walked, stole second, and scored on Jen Davis' single to center, resulting in the 5-1 win.
Mori was 4-for-7 in the doubleheader and scored two runs and knocked one in. Davis was 3-for-6 with an RBI. Carrie Buser smoked the Bobcat pitching by going 3-for-7.
Kristal Holland pitched two complete games for Basehor-Linwood. She threw 211 pitches, including 139 strikes and gave up six runs on the night. She struck out four batters and walked four more.
Last Thursday, Lansing ended De Soto's four-game winning streak with a 3-0, 7-3 sweep of the Wildcats.
Baker and Heinen each earned a loss in the doubleheader but weren't completely to blame for the sweep.
Baker lost the opener 3-0 but didn't allow an earned run during the contest. Instead, errors plagued the Wildcats, and they had a hand in all three Lions' runs.
In all, De Soto committed five errors during the opener, and they all came at the most inopportune times for the Wildcats.
Baker threw 96 pitches in the opener with 59 of her pitches falling in for strikes. She scattered just four hits and struck out five batters in six innings. Baker walked just two batters in the game
The Wildcats actually out-hit the Lions 6-4 in the opener but couldn't convert opportunities. In the first, third and sixth innings, De Soto had two or more runners on the base pads but couldn't get runs across.
Mori and Heinen pounded out a couple of hits apiece in the contest that lasted about 70 minutes. Hampton and Hill each managed a hit apiece. Lansing scored runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
Heinen allowed nine hits in the nightcap and gave up four earned runs in the 7-3 loss. She threw 88 pitches in six innings. Heinen struck out one enemy batter, and didn't allow a walk.
De Soto (5-9) is at home Thursday against Tonganoxie for a doubleheader with the first game set to get underway at 4 p.m.