Perry beats Bonner Springs, but softball coach sees progress
Perry-Lecompton has been known for its superior pitching during recent seasons, and the Kaws used that strength on Tuesday as they earned a 7-1 victory against Bonner Springs.
The Kaws completed the doubleheader sweep with a 9-7 victory in the nightcap.
Freshman Geena Harris pitched for BSHS in game one but was unable to keep the Kaws off the bases. Senior Carli Turner scored the lone run for the Bravettes with a solo homer.
Kylee Timberlake went 2-for-3 and Kaylee Holloway was 1-for-2 with a double in the loss.
Senior Kelly Chastain pitched in game two for the Bravettes and supported her cause with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate. Sophomore Breanna Tendick was 3-for-4 with a triple, but the Kaws were simply too powerful at the plate in the victory.
Despite the losses, BSHS coach Kara Wardlow said she was proud of the way her team competed at the plate — especially in the second game.
“It would have been a more successful night with ending with a win, (but) the girls did well at the plate,” Wardlow said. “They hit the ball and put in the ball in play (and) that is all I can ask of them. Defensively there are things we need to work on. You can’t have more than a couple errors in this competitive league and come out with a victory. Overall, I am proud of how the girls hit offensively but we’ll be back at it tomorrow working hard. The pitchers did well tonight. They did their job.”
Last Thursday, the Bravettes split a doubleheader at Santa Fe Trail, winning the first game 12-6, and losing the second game 9-6.
Shelbie Thornton went 3-for-5 in the first game. Tendick went 2-for-4 with a triple and Holloway went 3-for-4 in the second game.
“Everyone contributed, whether it was sacrifice bunting or base hits, everyone did their job,” Wardlow said of the games against SFT. “I was proud of the girls. They came out and worked hard. We still have work to baby steps, but we will get to where we want to be.”
Through five games, the Bravettes (2-3) already have equaled their total number of wins from last season. They will try to improve on that number at 4:30 p.m. Friday when they play host to a doubleheader against Lansing. BSHS will again be at home at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bishop Ward.