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2020-21 Blue Devil Softball News

  • Bradi Basler named to the NJCAA DII All-America first team.
    June 17, 2021
    Bradi Basler has been named to the NJCAA DII All-America first team. One of 11 athletes named to the first team, Basler led Kansas City Kansas Community College to a 41-15 record in 2021, the second most wins in history. She did it with both her bat and her arm. Only the second player in Jayhawk history to hit for the Triple Crown, she is the only player to lead the conference in batting (.503), home runs (20) and runs-batted-in (80) and in pitching victories (20). Because of that versatility, Basler was an obvious selection for the Utility position on the All-America first team. “It was difficult to know how to nominate her – for her offense or for her pitching,” said KCKCC Coach Lana Ross. “So, I nominated her for both positions.” A freshman eligible from Lansing, Basler was named Freshman of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference, but was relegated to the All-Jayhawk Conference second team as a pitcher. Winter Snyder of Labette and Paige Hughes of Cowley College were named first team utility players. The good news is that Basler will be returning for a third season – and the best may be yet to come. “She definitely wants to get better and is willing to work to get better,” Ross said. “There’s always things to work on. She knows she has potential and wants a better season next year.” Basler got in only 14 games when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down her first season in 2020. She hit .385 in 39 plate appearances, rapping three home runs and driving in 24 runs. She also made nine appearances on the mound, compiling a 4-4 record with a 5.13 earned run average. She struck out 59 and walked 20 in 43 innings. In addition to her Triple Crown this spring, the left-hand hitting Basler also led the Blue Devils in hits (85), extra base hits (40), slugging (.988) and walks (33). A righthander on the mound, she was 20-6 with a 3.64 ERA. She had 18 complete games in 26 starts along with a team high four saves. She also struck out 126 and walked 45 in 150 innings and handled 178 fielding chances without an error. “She’s definitely one of the best hitters I’ve ever coached,” said Ross, who coached several All-Americans in her first 14 years at Iowa Western. “She has so many tools from the left side of the box – unbelievable power, and yet she can lay down a bunt. She’ll continue to work on her game to be one of the best-ever at KCKCC.” Other past KCKCC All-Americans include Allison Kassick, who holds the Blue Devil record for hitting at .504 in 2017 and Kaleena Micheli and Dana Dunsmore. Barring injury, Basler will write numerous all-time bests into the record book. Her 20 home runs in a season are already an all-time best, and she is tied for the career lead with 23. Her hits in a season (85) are also a single season best and her .503 batting average is second only to Allison Kassick (.504). Pitching-wise, Basler’s next win will tie the career record for wins (21), and it is only a matter of time when she will break several other career records. Basler is the only Jayhawk Conference player named to the NJCAA DII first team. Pitcher Lilli Weir of Highland and infielder Kaylin Watkins of Johnson County were named to the second team while third team selections include catcher Cheyenne Minnick and infielder Gabby Schultz of Highland and outfielder Paige Hughes of Cowley College. While Basler was the only Blue Devil named to either the first or second All-Jayhawk team, six Blue Devils earned honorable mention – pitcher Breanna Droge; infielders Savannah Maynard, Alaina Howe and Jenna Daugherty and outfielders Alexis Rymer and Devin Purcell. Droge and Maynard are both first year freshmen.
  • KJCCC Division II Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week
    April 07, 2021
    KJCCC Division II Softball Player of the Week Savannah Maynard Kansas City Kansas Community College Freshman Shortstop Vermillion, OH Freshman shortstop Savannah Maynard helped Kansas City go 8-0 on the week by batting .500 (13-of-26) with a home run, seven doubles, and 14 runs batted in. She also walked five times and scored 12 runs. KJCCC Division II Softball Pitcher of the Week Bradi Basler Kansas City Kansas Community College Freshman Lansing, KS Bradi Basler went 5-0 on the week and struck out 21 batters over 27 1/3 innings pitched. She helped her cause at the plate by going 12-for-24 with 13 runs batted in.
    March 31, 2021
    Unleashing the biggest long ball attack of the season, Kansas City Kansas Community College needed just 11 innings to sweep a Jayhawk Conference doubleheader from Coffeyville Tuesday. The Blue Devils belted four home runs in a 13-5 6-inning opener and added two more in a 14-1 win in the 5-inning nightcap. The wins came on the heels of 3-0 and 6-2 wins over Fort Scott on Monday and boosted the Blue Devils’ Jayhawk record to 4-4 and 20-6 overall. KCKCC resumes conference play at Hesston Thursday before returning home against Metropolitan Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. Savannah Maynard, Hannah Maurer, Alaina Howe and Alexis Rymer all homered in the 13-5 win over Coffeyville. Maynard also doubled and drove in two runs; Lindsey Gettle tripled and singled; and Bradi Basler doubled and singles. KCKCC used four pitchers in the win. The Red Ravens rapped two home runs off starter Breanna Droge in the first two innings before Samantha Reynolds closed out the second inning. Nerida Elson was touched for five hits and two earned runs in two innings before Basler finished up, allowing no hits and striking out four in two innings. Basler then got the win in the 14-1 nightcap, scattering five hits and striking out three in five innings. She walked none and also belted a 3-run home run. Gettle led the offense with a home run and two doubles and five RBI’s while Devin Purcell singled twice. Droge allowed just three hits and struck out four in shutting out Fort Scott 3-0 Monday. Jenna Daugherty homered and singled to pace the KCKCC offense. Basler drove in three runs with a home run and single in the 6-2 nightcap and got the pitching win. She allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking one in 4.2 innings, Samantha Reynolds got a 2.1 inning save, allowing just two hits and fanning two after coming on with two out in the fifth inning. Maynard doubled twice and Gettler singled twice for the Blue Devils. .
    March 13, 2021
    Highlighted by a no-hitter by Bradi Basler, Kansas City Kansas Community College swept a softball doubleheader from Ellsworth Friday in Creston, Iowa. Basler’s hitless performance came in a 5-0 nightcap win after the Blue Devils had breezed to a 14-1 win in a 5-inning opener. The sweep boosted the Blue Devils’ record to 10-2 heading into a home doubleheader Monday with North Dakota State College of Science starting at 1 p.m. A sophomore from Lansing, Basler struck out a career high 11 and walked four while facing just 25 hitters. “She threw well, one of the better games she’s pitched in her career here,” said KCKCC Coach Lana Ross,. Freshman first baseman Hannah Maurer delivered the big blow in the 5-0 win, a bases-clearing double for a 3-0 lead in the third. Basler singled in KCKCC’s fourth run in the seventh and scored on Alexis Rymer’s triple. Basler also doubled and Savannah Maynard singled twice in the Blue Devils’ 9-hit attack. Eight Blue Devils had two hits and seven drove in at least one run in an 18-hit assault in the 5-inning 14-1 opener. Freshman Breanna Droge got the pitching win, allowing three hits, striking out eight and walking five. The lone run came on a bases-loaded walk in the first but the Blue Devils went ahead with seven runs in the second. Madison Pope and Rymer each drove in three runs, Rymer with a triple and single and Pope with a double and single. Maurer doubled twice, Maynard doubled and singled and Devin Purcell had two singles as each drove in a pair of runs while Jenna Daugherty, Alaina Howe and Basler each singled twice. “Obviously we hit the ball well,” said Ross. “But I’d like to see our pitchers cut down on the walks.”
    March 08, 2021
    Kansas City Kansas Community College needed just 10 innings Saturday to sweep a a pair of shutouts from Central Nebraska 17-0 and 12-0. The wins improved the Blue Devils’ record to 8-2 heading into the Crowder Bash in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday where they play Southeastern Iowa at 4 p.m. and Mineral Area at 6 p.m. The lopsided wins enabled KCKCC Coach Lana Ross to use her entire pitching staff. Breanna Droge allowed just one hit and struck out four in 3.1 innings of the opener before Samantha Reynolds finished up, retiring all five hitters she faced. Nerida Elson pitched the first two innings of the second game, allowing two hits and striking out one. Bradi Basler pitched the third and fourth innings, allowing two hits with Regan Marsh working a hitless fifth. Devin Purcell and Hannah Maurer each drove in five runs in the 17-0 opener, Purcell doubled and singled twice; Maurer doubled twice. Alyssa Seichepine also had a pair of hits in the 12-hitt attack. Six Blue Devils had extra base hits in the 12-0 nightcap. Purcell homered, Alexis Rymer tripled and Savannah Maynard, Madison Pope, Alaina Howe and Basler each doubled while Georgia Faunt delivered a run-scoring pinch single “We played well defensively behind good pitching,” said KCKCC Coach Lana Ross, The Blue Devils had just one error in the two games. “We turned two double plays in the second game. It was a good day with every player contributing; very proud of the team coming out with a lot of energy and really doing a great job at the plate.”
  • Blue Devils sweep Marshalltown
    February 28, 2021
    Kansas City Kansas Community College pounded out 15 hits in each game but still had to go extra innings for a softball sweep of Marshalltown Saturday. Bradi Basler pitched a two-hitter in a 10-1 win in the opener and then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 9-8 win of the second game. The sweep boosted the Blue Devils to 4-0 heading into a doubleheader with No. 9 ranked Kirkwood Sunday. KCKCC had an 8-3 lead heading into the seventh inning of the nightcap only to have the Bobcats rap out five straight hits to pull into an 8-8 deadlock. Devin Purcell led off the bottom of the eighth with a double – her fourth hit of the game – took third on a ground ball and scored the winning run on Basler’s single up the middle. The hit made a winner out of freshman Breanna Droge, who pitched the first 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, five hits, striking out five and walking none. Droge re-entered in the seventh after Sammi Reynolds was touched for five runs. In addition to Purcell’s four hits, Basler tripled and singled, Jenna Daugherty and Hannah Maurer doubled and singled and Alana Howe singled twice. The Blue Devils led only 2-0 before scoring eight runs in the fourth inning of the 5-inning opener. Basler faced just 17 hitters in four innings on the mound, striking out two and walking four. Nerida Elson pitched the fifth, striking out two. Lindsey Gettle and Alexis Rymer each had three hits in the opener with Gettle driving in three runs. Madison Pope, Savannah Maynard and Howe each had two hits and drove in runs. “This probably sounds silly with all the hits we had but I’d like to see us get more aggressive at the plate,” said KCKCC Coach Lana Ross. “I just didn’t think we were that aggressive. We let the second game get out of control. On the positive side, (centerfielder) Devin Purcell and (shortstop) Savannah Maynard played unbelievably well on defense; both had great defensive games.” The Blue Devils were errorless in both games.