Bobcats batter Chieftains
The Basehor-Linwood baseball team received help from a Eudora loss to earn the No. 1 seed in the regional tournament, and in the opening round, the Bobcats played as if they deserved the seed.
It took them an inning, but Basehor-Linwood jumped all over the No. 8 seed, Tonganoxie, and won 13-1 in five innings.
For Basehor-Linwood, the bats were alive, and the pitching was good enough to stop Tonganoxie. Bobcat head coach Curtis Press was pleased with the first postseason game for his team.
"We took care of business," Press said. "We did what we were supposed to do, and we came out hammering. It took us an inning, but we eventually came around. Everybody did their job, so we live to see another day."
The game was basically over in the second inning when the Bobcats exploded for nine runs. Seniors Brandon Beebe and Darren Marx had the largest contributions in an inning in which everybody helped.
Beebe hit two doubles in the inning and scored two runs. He also had an RBI.
Marx also scored twice, but in his second at bat of the inning, he smashed a line drive that left the park in a hurry over the left field fence. Two runners were on base giving the Bobcats a 9-0 lead.
The home run was Marx's sixth of the season.
"I was a little bit in front of it," Marx said. "I started trotting, but then I was like, uh-oh, what if it's still in."
Marx said the game was a boost for the Bobcats because everybody helped in the victory. Only senior Brandon Dye did not score for Basehor-Linwood, but he knocked in two runs. Along with Beebe and Marx, seniors Jeremy Hampton and Derrick Bryan and sophomore Lucas Williamson scored twice.
Seniors Chris Maleta, Ross McCoy and Casey Jones scored once.
"We played together big time," Marx said. "Now, we are all pumped up, not just a few of us. We were stroking the ball tonight."
Bryan was on the mound for the Bobcats, and he almost had a shutout. He pitched his way out of trouble in the first three innings, but he allowed one single too many in the fifth inning to let the shut out slip away.
Close to a shutout, Bryan is indifferent about allowing a run.
"Shutouts are hard to get," Bryan said. "I'm happy only giving up one run."
Pitching a complete five-inning game, Bryan allowed one run, five hits and a walk. He struck out five.
Bryan was also one of many Bobcats who had good days at the plate and hope it carries over to the next rounds.
"This game is setting us up for the rest of regionals," Bryan said. "We got our bats going, and we're ready to go now."
The semifinal and championship rounds have already been played, but results were not available at press time. The Bobcats played Mill Valley in the second round, and the winner of that game played in the championship game for a berth in the state tournament.