Bobcats shrug off slow start, take two games from Sumner
After a slow start, Basehor-Linwood swept Sumner Academy on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats won the first game, 6-4.
“I felt like we started the first game very slowly, and that was frustrating,” coach Dave Svoboda said. “We made mental mistakes both at bat and in the field and it cost us. But once we woke up, things got much better.”
Ryan Lawless started the first game and earned the victory to improve his record to 2-0 for the season. He pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.
Lawless also was 2-for-3 at the plate, recording Basehor-Linwood’s only multiple-hit performance of the game.
After a slow start in the first game, Basehor-Linwood scored six runs in the first inning of the second game.
The early scoring outburst took some of the pressure off and allowed starting pitcher Kyle Savner to go out and throw his game. He pitched 5 2/3 innings before Austin Stubbs entered the game in relief. Savner allowed five hits and three runs. He struck out eight batters and walked five.
At the plate, Stubbs and Dylan Belt each went 3-for-4 in the game. Tyler Henley, Savner and A.J. Richardson each had two hits, and Lawless had a solo home run.
With the victory, Basehor-Linwood improves to 9-5 overall and 4-2 in Kaw Valley League play.
The team is 6-2 in road games this season.
“I’m very proud of the way we’re playing away from home,” Svoboda said. “It’s been a goal of ours to become a stronger road team, and with just one true road game left (Thursday at Bonner Springs), it looks as if we’ve done that.”
The Bobcats next play at 4:30 p.m. today at Bonner Springs in a doubleheader. BLHS has won nine of its last 12 games.