Cyclones hold off Bobcats
Basehor-Linwood’s measuring stick game, otherwise known as a season opener, couldn’t have come against a better opponent on Wednesday.
The Bobcats lost to Bishop Ward, 7-3, but played well in the loss.
“Except for a couple of mental mistakes and one physical one, we played very well,” BLHS coach David Svoboda said. “Any time you play the defending state champs, like we did yesterday, you’re challenged on every pitch, and this was no exception.”
The Cyclones — six-time defending Class 4A state champions — scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead on just two hits.
Basehor-Linwood could have gotten out of the inning with limited damage, but failed to turn a double play.
Following, the first inning, the Bobcats settled down behind an impressive pitching performance.
Tyler Henley started on the mound for the Bobcats and took the loss. He threw well in the middle innings of the game, facing 10 batters in the second, third and fourth innings of play.
He allowed three runs in four innings of work.
Basehor-Linwood scored its first run in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly by A.J. Richardson.
Bishop Ward scored two more runs in the firth inning.
In the sixth inning, Jared Patton drove in two runs for the Bobcats with a double.
The score was 5-3 entering the sixth inning before Ward scored two more insurance runs to put away the baseball game.
“You're never pleased when you lose, but I'm proud of how we competed from the first pitch to the last,” Svoboda said. “After getting down 5-1, it would have
been easy to mail it in, but our guys got the two runs in the top of the sixth to have a legitimate chance to win the game late.”
Svoboda said the Bobcats have a lot to work on in practice and on the field.
“We need to continue working on all facets of the game to make sure that we're ready to compete at a higher level and faster pace as the season moves along,” Svoboda said.
Basehor-Linwood plays host to Bishop Ward at 1 p.m. Saturday in a game that will open the team’s new baseball stadium.