Bobcats batter Braves in Kauffman Stadium showdown
BLHS plates 16 runs in six-inning romp
Playing where the Kansas City Royals play, the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats showed they were the kings of Kauffman Stadium.
The Bobcats improved their record to 4-0 with a dominating victory against league rival Bonner Springs, 16-3. The two teams traveled to Kansas City for the Second Annual Frank White Classic, Saturday, April 12.
Basehor-Linwood, however, made sure it was anything but a classic game, as they took command early. The largest drawback for the team was that run-ruling Bonner Springs in the sixth inning shortened the experience of playing in a Major League stadium.
Regardless, for Basehor-Linwood coach Curtis Press, the win was satisfying.
"It's nice to win, you always want the win," Press said. "With this type of atmosphere, it would be nice for it to be a one-run game to add to the excitement, but we really had a great team effort. Everybody contributed to the win, nobody stood out."
Even after the impressive victory, Press kept a level head, pointing out areas of improvement the team can make.
"We missed some calls," Press said. "We did nothing perfect. We had a guy thinking a call is still on when it wasn't, and he gets thrown out at home. We have things to work on."
Excluding a few mistakes, the Bobcats were clicking on all cylinders from the beginning.
Offensively, BLHS received help from Bonner Springs, who had 10 errors in the game. When Bonner Springs did not give up runs, the Bobcats produced them on their own as they pounded the Bonner Springs pitching.
By the third inning, Basehor-Linwood had jumped to an 11-0 lead, and the game was all but over. In the third, the Bobcats batted around, and the first five batters in the inning scored.
While the Bobcats produced runs, senior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan and the defense around him stopped Bonner Springs.
In three innings of work, Sheehan allowed no runs, allowed only one hit and struck out four. With the game no longer in doubt in the third inning, Press decided to take him out early and save his arm for a game two days later.
"Sheehan looked sharp," Press said. "He pitched well, but this way I can bring him back for Santa Fe Trail."
After a shaky start, senior Ross McCoy relieved Sheehan and picked up where he left off.
McCoy surrendered three runs with one out in the fourth inning. However, after the third run crossed the plate, McCoy did not allow another person on base, retiring eight straight Bonner Springs batters.
Allowing two hits and two walks, McCoy struck out five.
The offensive stats were impressive for the Bobcats. All but one starter scored. Hampton crossed the plate four times. Jones had three runs while Dye and Williamson scored twice.
Senior Chris Maleta knocked in five runs to lead the team in RBIs. Senior Derrick Bryan, Hampton and Williamson each had two RBIs.