Top-seeded Bobcats dominate
The Basehor-Linwood High School baseball team earned one of the biggest victories in the program's 11-year history Monday, May 13, with a 15-0 pounding of Tonganoxie in the first round of the regional baseball tournament at Eisenhower Park.
BLHS junior Jeremy Sheehan threw five innings of one-hit baseball to earn the win and move his team to the second round of the tournament. BLHS coach Curtis Press said the victory was the result of a continuing trend for Sheehan.
"His last couple outings he's really come out a lot more focused," Press said. "When the guy in the center of the mound is determined and ready to take charge that helps your team tremendously. He looked real sharp tonight and when he comes out ready to go we're usually in pretty good shape."
Sheehan wasn't the only Bobcat who came out determined. Press said the entire team was focused from the outset of the game. Considering the first pitch came nearly two and a half hours later than scheduled because of field conditions, Press said that was quite a feat. Sheehan agreed, but said he didn't think the wait hurt the team at all.
"It really made us more anxious to play ball and I think that showed," Sheehan said. "We wanted to prove a point that we were the No. 1 seed. We know we have to beat some good teams to get where we want to be, so we wanted to send a message with this win."
The message was loud and clear. Sheehan struck out seven three looking and the BLHS offense exploded for four runs in the third inning, five in the fourth and six in the fifth to end the game.
"Our hitting really came around and what an opportune time for it to come alive," Press said. "I think we hit four or five balls in the gaps and we figured it would just be a matter of time before our hitting came around."
Leadoff hitter Jeremy Hampton, catcher Darren Marx and leftfielder Derrick Bryan all went three for four on the day, as the Bobcats pounded out 14 hits in five innings.
The win improved the Bobcats to 14-5 on the season and set up a second round clash with Piper, who defeated Mill Valley 5-0 in the first round.
BLHS swept the season series with Piper, two games to none, but Press said at this point of the season every team should be considered dangerous.
"At this point, every opponent concerns you a little bit," Press said. "I'm sure they'll throw Woodsy at us and we'll have to step up and hit him."
"Woodsy" is Piper's all-Kaw Valley League pitcher, who through a complete-game shut out against Mill Valley Monday.
"He was throwing real well the other night and they're a good defensive team with a lot of team speed," Press said of Piper. "They might not swing the bat as well as we do, but at this tim e of year you don't have to."
Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Eisenhower Park in Kansas City, Kan.