KCKCC’s Basler leads Jayhawk in hits, home runs, RBI, pitching wins

Freshman of year first to accomplish triple crown and also lead in pitching wins here

Bradi Basler of KCKCC led the Jayhawk Conference in hitting, home runs and runs batted in, and also in pitching wins. (Photo from Alan Hoskins, KCKCC)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

Bradi Basler set a Jayhawk Conference standard in softball that may never be reached again.

Offensively, the Kansas City Kansas Community College freshman from Lansing led the Jayhawk Conference in hitting (.503), home runs (20) and runs-batted-in (80) – better known as the Triple Crown, a feat reached only one other time in the Jayhawk. But nobody has also led the conference in pitching wins (20), an almost unprecedented feat at any level.

The elite season earned Basler Freshman of the Year honors but only second team recognition on the All-Jayhawk East team.

“It is what it is,” said the soft-spoken Basler, a righthander on the mound but a southpaw at the plate. “I had no idea, I never thought about it,” she said of her rarefied “grand slam.”

Speaking of grand slams, the one she unloaded against Cowley College in the playoffs is regarded as one of the longest ever.

“And she drove in all five runs in our 5-4 win,” remembered KCKCC head coach Lana Ross. “She also hit one at Hesston that went over the 225-foot fence and another fence 20 feet behind the outfield fence and ended up in the school parking lot.”

Bradi Basler (KCKCC photo)

The best news is that Basler will be back for a third season, Because of the COVID pandemic, all athletes were given an extra year of eligibility. In last year’s shortened season, Basler hit .385 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 14 games. In addition, she was 4-4 on the mound.

Ross first spotted Basler in a KCKCC summer camp less than a week after being hired at the college.

“I told coach (Jenn) Strohman we’ll never get this kid but I’m sure going to try,” remembered Ross. “That was before we knew of the family connections with KCKCC. She agreed to come for a visit and we offered right away and not long after that she accepted.

“Of course, I’m very happy she’s coming back. I’m looking forward to seeing what else she can accomplish. Obviously, her offensive game is superb and she’s equally good in the circle and that’s not by accident. She’s been a great student over the past two years and really bought in to the system. She’s just not good in softball, she’s very good in other sports. Always one of the best, she’s really embraced taking care of her teammates and is one of the best.”

While she had other offers including Ottawa University, she said her choice of KCKCC “was probably the best decision ever. I came because of coach Ross and the program. It’s been so much fun; I’ve really grown to love it.”

A scholar athlete, she was on the President’s Honor Roll this past spring with a 3.89 grade point.

Basler comes from an athletic family. Her father, Mike, played baseball at Ottawa University and was an assistant coach at KCKCC in both baseball and women’s basketball. He’s currently head baseball coach at Lansing High School. Basler’s mother, Tresia, played volleyball at Ottawa while her older brother, Peyton, is a member of the baseball team at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.

A standout athlete at Lansing, Basler played both softball and volleyball all four years there. She plans to continue playing softball after leaving KCKCC and undoubtedly will get a load of recruiting offers.

Johnson County’s Kelly Gartner was the first to record the Triple Crown, hitting .516 with 12 homers and 91 RBI in 2002. But no pitching wins.

Woman injured in hit-and-run while standing outside her vehicle on I-670

A woman who was standing outside her vehicle on the outside shoulder of I-670 was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver at 2:58 a.m. June 1.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s crash log, the woman had been in a Ford Escape that stopped on eastbound I-670.

An unknown vehicle hit the woman as she was standing outside her vehicle, then the unknown vehicle fled, according to the trooper’s report. There was no description of the other vehicle.

The 26-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, woman had a possible serious injury and was taken to a hospital, the trooper’s report stated.

Showers, storms possible Tuesday afternoon

National Weather Service graphic

Scattered showers are possible Tuesday afternoon, with the best chances for rain south of I-70, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Another chance of isolated showers will be possible on Wednesday, the weather service said.

Temperatures will warm gradually each day, through the end of the week, according to the weather service.

Highs in the 80s are expected by Friday, the weather service said.

Today, there is a 30 percent chance of isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 72 with a calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is possible.

Tonight, there is a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms before 10 p.m., then isolated showers, according to the weather service. There may be patchy fog after 1 a.m. The low will be around 57 with a calm wind. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is possible.

Wednesday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers, with areas of fog before 8 a.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 75 with a light northeast wind.

Wednesday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 57 and a calm wind, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will be sunny with a high near 81 and a light west southwest wind, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 61, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be sunny, with a high near 83, the weather service said.

Friday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 65, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be sunny, with a high near 85, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 67, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 67, according to the weather service.

Monday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 82, the weather service said.