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Record-breaking runner

Scott sets EHS steals record

Bailey Scott leans off first base against Baldwin this spring. Scott broke the Eudora school record for stolen bases in a season with 22. Scott is also the EHS career leader in stolen bases with 50.

Bailey Scott leans off first base against Baldwin this spring. Scott broke the Eudora school record for stolen bases in a season with 22. Scott is also the EHS career leader in stolen bases with 50.

July 9, 2009

Quietly, Bailey Scott etched her name into the Eudora High softball team record books.

Scott, who graduated from Eudora in May, enjoyed a solid senior season on the ball field and ended her career as Eudora’s all-time single season stolen base champ and career stolen base champ.

Scott stole 22 bases this spring, which also put her at the top of the school’s all-time list with 50. Scott said there were two things that helped her become Eudora’s most prolific base stealer.

“You have to get a good jump first and my speed definitely helped me out there,” Scott said.

Former EHS softball coach Cara Kimberlin said that while Scott’s natural speed helped, it was Scott’s first step off the bag that made her such a stealing success.

“It’s reading the pitcher and getting a good jump,” Kimberlin said. “But she has a great first step, which you could see from watching her play basketball, too. And it’s just explosive off the bases.”

Of course, to steal bases you have to first get on base, and Scott excelled at that. She led the team in batting average (.417), hits (30) and runs scored (25). She also had a .512 OBP. Scott was a first team All-Frontier League and a second-team All-State selection. As a team, Eudora stole a whopping 70 bases and was thrown out just twice during the year.

Scott, who is soft-spoken, led on the softball field by example, her coach said.

“She’s not going to be vocal with any kid and jump them or anything like that,” Kimberlin said.” She just shows up every day and puts her cleats on and was ready to practice.”

Scott, who also played basketball and helped lead the Eudora girls to the state tournament for the first time since 1992, said she enjoyed both sports.

Though Scott said a few schools recruited her to play basketball, she is not planning on playing sports in college. She is putting away her basketball and hanging up her cleats so she can concentrate on school when she attends Johnson County Community College in the fall. But Scott added that she’d be back to Eudora to watch her former teams play.

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