Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Bobcats overwhelmed by big league experience

April 16, 2003

Senior Darren Marx is one of many who growing up dreamed of one day playing in a Major League stadium.

An overwhelming majority never realizes that dream, but Marx and his Basehor-Linwood teammates are part of the minority who has.

Basehor-Linwood faced Bonner Springs in the Second Annual Frank White Classic, Saturday, April 12. The classic is a Kansas City Royals sponsored event with two high school teams playing at the Royals' home, Kauffman Stadium.

While it is the Royals' stadium, the Bobcats made themselves feel right at home with a 16-3 victory.

During the game Marx barely missed achieving another dream of his, hitting a home run in a Major League stadium.

In the top of the fourth inning, Marx smashed the ball down the left field line causing players in the Bobcat bullpen to jump to the fence.

The shot drifted foul and counted as nothing more than strike, but landing about 10 rows back, it excited the Bobcat crowd.

Marx had a frustrated smile as he walked back to the batters box.

"It felt good," Marx said. "I knew it had a chance as soon as I hit it, but as I moved down the first base line, I saw it was going foul. It would have been awesome to hit one out here."

While Marx did not hit a home run, he was grateful for the opportunity.

"As soon as we walked through, it was bad (bad meaning good)," Marx said. "You just get an incredible feeling standing on the field. The field itself was perfect. There was nothing wrong with it.

"I have something to tell my kids," he added.

Senior Jeremy Sheehan said he loved the experience also. Sheehan pitched for the Bobcats in the first three innings, allowing no runs, but with so much excitement, he might have a hard time remembering the experience.

"In the first inning, I was so nervous," Sheehan said. "I had so much adrenaline I was totally numb. Darren (Marx) called a curve, but I don't know what I threw.

"After the first inning I settled down and pitched, and by the third inning I was in a groove," Sheehan said. "I didn't want to come out."

Senior Brandon Beebe struggled offensively at Kauffman Stadium, but he enjoyed playing there.

"People said the first at-bat you'll be nervous," Beebe said. "I got up there and I wasn't really nervous, but I was excited, maybe too excited.

"It's tough having a bad day individually, but this is amazing," Beebe said. "Most of us will never do this again."

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