Off and running
Basehor-Linwood about where expected at season’s midpoint
After a slow start, Basehor-Linwood's baseball team dominated Perry-Lecompton.
The Bobcats defeated Perry-Lecompton, 9-1 and 10-0, in a double header, Monday, Apr. 21, but not without a price.
In the top half of the first inning, senior power hitter Chris Maleta received help off the field after what he called a bruised heel.
Maleta did not return to the game or play in the second game. Coach Curtis Press did not know the severity of the injury following the game.
Against Perry-Lecompton, however, the Bobcats did not need Maleta in large part because of solid pitching and hitting from his teammates.
In game one, senior Jeremy Sheehan took the mound, and following a shaky first inning, soared through the Perry-Lecompton lineup.
In the first inning, Perry-Lecompton loaded the bases off a two singles and a hit batter. A balk allowed a run to score, and Perry-Lecompton led 1-0.
The run was the only one Perry-Lecompton would score the rest of the night.
Sheehan pitched seven innings, struck out 13, and allowed three hits.
Basehor-Linwood did not put its opponent away early, as the hitting and baserunning was less than perfect.
Senior Jeremy Hampton was not sure why Basehor-Linwood struggled early.
"We just had a mental breakdown," Hampton said. "I have no idea why. We had our heads in our butts, but it only takes one spark."
Senior Ross McCoy could have been the spark in the second inning when he led off with a solo homerun.
However, in the next two innings, four Bobcat runners were either caught stealing or picked off.
"We were aggressive," Press said. "We kept putting it on them, but it would have been great to execute from the beginning. We recovered from my mistakes. We had too many mistakes, but we got away with them. I was trying to put on plays, and nobody executed.
"I was trying to put a thump on them, but it backfired early," he said.
The floodgates opened in the sixth inning with the game tied, 1-1. Seniors Robby Holland, Brandon Beebe, Brandon Dye and Casey Jones and junior Tyler Dowdall scored in the inning busting the game open, 6-1.
Adding three more in the seventh, Basehor-Linwood won 9-1.
McCoy was 4-4 with a homerun, two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs. Dowdall was 3-3 and had a walk.
Basehor-Linwood received another great pitching performance in game two, this time by Dye.
Though he allowed five walks, he pitched a no-hitter and allowed no runs. He struck out seven.
The Bobcat bats came alive quicker in the second game, exploding for six runs in the second inning.
Basehor-Linwood added four more runs through the fifth inning and run-ruled Perry-Lecompton, 10-0.
In the third inning, Hampton hit a two-run homer to give the Bobcats an 8-0 lead. He said he hit it because he had tweaked his quadriceps.
"I didn't want to run too hard, so I hit the ball as hard as I can," Hampton said jokingly. "I can't be to sad with an 8-2 record."
Hampton scored three runs as was 3-4 in the game. McCoy reached base four times going 2-2 with a double and two walks. Dowdall was 3-3.
BOBCATS SPLIT WITH PIPER
Basehor-Linwood dropped an extra-inning thriller to Piper before winning in convincing fashion in a double header, Thursday, Apr. 17.
In the first game, Basehor-Linwood led 5-1 in the sixth inning. In the bottom half of the sixth, Piper picked up four runs to tie the game.
With the game tied 7-7 in the eighth inning, Basehor-Linwood could not plate a run.
In the bottom of the inning, Piper hit a double to lead off the inning.
Basehor-Linwood looked ready to stop the inning after a strikeout and a pop up to shortstop, but a walk and a single scored the winning run.
In game two, Maleta hit two homeruns and Beebe hit one to lead the Bobcats.
They jumped to a 7-0 lead by the fourth inning. Once again, Piper fought back and scored five runs in the fourth to draw within two runs of the Bobcats.
Piper did not score again, and Basehor-Linwood added six more runs to win, 13-5.