BLHS baseball punishes Santa Fe Trail
Basehor-Linwood skipped the road trip to Carbondale and still came away with a sweep against Santa Fe Trail on Monday.
Due to poor field conditions at Santa Fe Trail, the location of the doubleheader was switched to Basehor-Linwood High School.
By avoiding the 90-minute drive, the Bobcats were fresh from the start as they dominated both games and outscored the Chargers 28-0.
The Bobcats won the first game 17-0 in four innings and needed just five innings to win the second, 11-0.
Basehor-Linwood blasted four home runs in game one and had multiple players with at least three hits.
Destry Bryan was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored.
Ryan Lawless also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, three RBIs and two home runs. He hit one solo home run and one two-run blast.
Jared Patton was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Jace Rymer went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
Brandon Leppke also hit a home run.
“Yeah, it was a nice offensive effort,” coach David Svoboda said. “We had four guys have two or more hits. A couple had three-hit days. After struggling to start the season, it was a nice way to break out offensively.”
After not scoring a run in the first inning, the Bobcats scored four runs in the second, six in the third and seven in the fourth to end the game.
“We kept chipping away and got things on track,” Svoboda said. “There was only one starter that did not have a hit. He walked.”
Lawless started the game on the mound and had 12 strikeouts.
“He was pretty dominant. He allowed two hits and walked a batter. Other than that, he was pretty fantastic,” Svoboda said. “We are pleased with his command, and to strikeout that many guys is impressive.”
Lawless was effective at getting ahead against opposing batters. Most of his strikeouts came on 0-2 pitches or 1-2 pitches.
The Bobcats continued to pile up runs in game two.
They scored two runs in the second inning, and then added six more in the third to blow open the game. The Bobcats added three more runs in the fifth inning to polish off the mercy-rule victory.
The Bobcats capitalized on every opportunity the Chargers provided. BLHS earned five walks and had three other batters reach base after being hit by a pitch. Three others reached on errors.
“We made them pay for the mistakes they made,” Svoboda said.
The Bobcats also played a lot of players on the roster.
Right fielder Jake Fairbank was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in. He had a single in the third inning.
“He took the most of an opportunity in the game,” Svoboda said.
Fairbank should be able to contribute for the Bobcats this season.
In addition, Leppke was 1-for-2 with three RBIs, including a triple that drove in two runs.
On the mound, Austin Stubbs pitched four innings and allowed four hits. He struck out two and walked two. Bryan closed out the game by retiring three straight batters.
The Bobcats will play a makeup game today at Tonganoxie.
Then they play a single game Monday at home against Perry-Lecompton and then had a doubleheader Thursday, April 22, at Mill Valley.