Braves baseball registers victories before tournament
Bonner Springs baseball picked the right time to get on the winning track.
The Braves baseball team finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday's Class 5A regional game against top-seeded Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights.
Bonner Springs (4-15) ended regular season play with wins over Wyandotte and Atchison, its first Huron League win of the season.
The regional tournament was originally slated for Monday, but was switched until Wednesday. Other teams in the four-team tournament are Topeka-Highland Park and Kansas City-Washington.
To complete play, a doubleheader was played last Friday against Atchison and Wyandotte. An earlier doubleheader against Wyandotte was postponed and only one game was made up. Earlier in the week, Bonner Springs took a pair of wins from Harmon.
Bonner Springs 4, Atchison 3
Braves senior Mark Lewis drove in two runs in the bottom of seventh inning for the margin of victory. The Redmen held a 3-2 lead going into the inning.
Zach Powell and Jared Gillespie opened the frame with back-to-back singles. After a strikeout, Fredy DeLeon singled to load the bases bringing Lewis to the plate. The senior third baseman cracked a single to send the winning runs home.
Bonner Springs trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, but Drew Hess opened the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Lewis. Chris Stakely singled Lewis home with the second run of the inning.
Tim Neal was the winning pitcher, allowing just three runs on five hits. Lewis finished with three RBI for the game.
Bonner Springs 8, Wyandotte 1
In an 8-1 win over Wyandotte, sophomore Lewis Reyes had a single and a double and drove in three runs to lead the Bonner Springs attack.
Bonner Springs broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth with seven runs. Reyes had a three-run double in the frame and Fredy DeLeon singled in a run.
Chris DeLeon was the winning pitcher going six innings and giving up only three hits. Fredy DeLeon came on in relief and pitched the seventh inning.
The Braves broke a 15-game losing streak with a 7-1, 14-4 doubleheader win over Harmon last Tuesday.
In the opener, Drew Hess took the win, allowing three hits and one run in just four innings.
Fredy DeLeon and Tim Neal came on to wrap up the win. Seniors Tim Neal and Mark Lewis along with sophomore Chris DeLeon each had two hits to lead the attack.
Hess got the Braves started in the first inning with a single and scored on DeLeon's hit. Bonner Springs added two runs in the third when Jared Gillespie and Aaron Ballard singled and both scored. Neal had an RBI in the inning. Three more runs were added in the fourth, courtesy of Ballard and Neal.
Sophomore Chris Stakely went the distance on the mound in the second game, a 14-4 win in a game cut to five innings by the 10-run rule. Stakely gave up eight hits over his five innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Offensively, the Braves pounded out 14 hits with Cook going 3-for-4 including a double. Stakely and Lewis also added two hits.
Bonner Springs put the game out of reach in the second inning when they scored seven runs on five hits. The big blow in the frame was Cook's two-base hit.