Bobcats let Lions escape in KVL clash
Lansing pitcher Kris Hernandez baffled the Basehor-Linwood baseball team Monday night, using an unorthodox motion and changing speeds to keep the Bobcats off balance during a complete game shutout.
The Lions won 7-0.
The Bobcats were only able to get three hits against Hernandez. They were able to put the ball in play, however. Hernandez only recorded three strikeouts to go with one walk.
"He mixed it up," BLHS coach Dave Svoboda said. "He threw lots of strikes. We put the ball in play a lot, but we weren't able to capitalize."
Hernandez didn't display the velocity typically associated with dominant pitching performances. But his pitches had good movement and the breaking balls had bite. His delivery also enhanced the deception, with his shoulder opening up first, followed by a hitch, and then finally the ball coming out of his right hand.
The setback came after a disappointing loss in the first game for BLHS. The Bobcats led 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning but ended up losing 10-7 after the Lions exploded for six runs in the final frame.
"Last year's team gave up a lot of big innings because of a lack of focus," Svoboda said. "I don't think that is the case with this year's team. We failed in the first game because we didn't add on to the lead. We had opportunities to put more runs on the board. That was our fault."
Augie Pierce had a pair of singles and three runs batted in to lead the BLHS offense in the first game.
While the Bobcats' offense went stagnant in the nightcap, the team was able to clean up severe defensive problems from the first game. Although the team gave up 10 runs, only two of those were earned after the Bobcats committed eight errors. In the late game the team only committed one error.
"It isn't that we didn't have players where they were supposed to be," Svoboda said. "It was simply a failure to execute. We had players that made errors that usually do not make errors. It was a lack of focus. I was frustrated by the errors."
Svoboda shook up the lineup between games. The changes helped the team in the field.
Svoboda called Lansing the "most aggressive offensive team we have played." The aggressiveness paid off in big innings. On top of the late comeback in the first game, the Lions had a five-run fourth inning in the second.
Ryan Lawless started on the mound for BLHS and took the loss in the second game, surrendering six runs in four-plus innings. Justin Gripka started for the Bobcats and took the loss in the day game.
"We need to work on tempo and command with our pitchers," Svoboda said.
The loss drops Basehor team to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the KVL. The Bobcats are on a three-game skid after starting 3-2.