ABOVE: Gardner Edgerton High School senior Kiana Baderdeen gets set for a pitch in first round 6A state action against Olathe North. The tournament was held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

ABOVE: Gardner Edgerton High School senior Kiana Baderdeen gets set for a pitch in first round 6A state action against Olathe North. The tournament was held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Battling until the end, the Gardner Edgerton High School lady Blazer softball team dropped a hard fought 4-3 decision to Olathe North High School. The loss in the quarter finals of 6A state play ended the Blazers’ season.
Fourth seeded Olathe North, which boasts a record of 19 wins and 4 losses, overcame eight errors and held off a late Blazer rally to advance.
North took the advantage early, finishing the second inning with a 2-0 lead, but the Blazers were able to tie the game in the fifth inning. The GEHS team took advantage of four Eagle errors to score two runs.

Sophomore catcher Cassidy Greer signals a play in the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers first round state 6A game against Olathe North. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Sophomore catcher Cassidy Greer signals a play in the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers first round state 6A game against Olathe North. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

The tie score was short lived, as North scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead, 4-2.
GEHS rallied in the seventh inning with a run, but left the bases loaded and could not complete the comeback. Abby Cox took the tough luck pitching loss.
“The kids know a trip to state has not happened in a long time,” said GEHS Coach Joanne Calvin. “They know they are young, and the goal is to get here again.”
Kiana Baderdeen started the seventh inning with a single, but Abby Cox reached on an error. A sac bunt by Katie Miller followed and Baderdeen was

Gardner Edgerton High School freshman Katie Miller places down a bunt in the first inning of the Blazers 4-3 first round 6A State loss to Olathe North last week. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Gardner Edgerton High School freshman Katie Miller places down a bunt in the first inning of the Blazers 4-3 first round 6A State loss to Olathe North last week. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

brought home on a single by Malibu McIntire. But the rally fell short, and GEHS ended its season with a 4-3 loss.