‘Cats’ Henley strikes out 19 in 4-1 victory against Kaws
Tyler Henley dominated Monday’s baseball game against Perry-Lecompton, but he didn’t know how good of a statistical performance he had turned in until it was over.
After the team’s 4-1 victory, Henley casually asked the scorekeeper how many strikeouts he had.
The answer was a little surprising. He had 19 strikeouts, setting a Basehor-Linwood single-game record.
Coach David Svoboda said it was a fantastic performance.
The only non-strikeout outs in the game were a pop fly in the second inning to second base and a line out to second in the fifth inning.
Henley said he didn’t feel like he had especially good stuff.
“It just felt like any other day really,” he said. “It all kind of came together, but it was not my best performance.”
Henley has been the Bobcats’ ace the last couple years. He counts as a highlight his performance against Bishop Ward last season when he struck out 15 batters and allowed just one hit while leading the Bobcats to a victory.
Henley allowed five hits Monday.
With Henley ringing up strikeouts, the Bobcats did enough to win the game by pounding out five hits.
“I thought we were good enough to win,” Svoboda said. “Tyler’s performance was impressive, and we got just enough done offensively.”
Basehor-Linwood scored one run in the second inning to take the lead. The Bobcats scored three more runs in the third inning, including a two-run home run by Ryan Lawless.
“After that, Tyler just slammed the door shut,” Svoboda said.
Perry-Lecompton scored one run in the sixth inning.
Basehor-Linwood improved to 4-2 on the season and 3-2 in Kaw Valley League play. The Bobcats play host to a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Thursday against Mill Valley.
“We will grow if the kids figure out that we must be a lot better to beat Mill Valley on Thursday and to reach our goals,” Svoboda said.
BOBCATS BATTER TONGANOXIE
A big fourth inning saved Basehor-Linwood against Tonganoxie on Thursday, April 15.
The Bobcats bunched hits together, exploding for eight runs in the fourth inning and rallying for an 11-4 victory at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The fourth-inning outburst helped the Bobcats erase an early deficit and take a 10-4 lead.
The majority of the rally started with two outs. Jared Patton singled with the bases loaded to drive in two runs.
THS had chances to get out of the inning, but committed four errors that helped Basehor-Linwood keep going.
While the final score resembled an easy victory, Basehor-Linwood started slow. Starting pitcher Jeff Johnson walked two of the first four batters he faced, and Tonganoxie built a 4-1 lead after the first inning.
The Bobcats later scored another run before taking charge in the fourth.
Svoboda said he was pleased with how his players stayed focused to get the win.
“If nothing else, this game showed our kids how good we can be if we just put the ball in play consistently on offense and throw strikes on the mound,” he said.