Piper, Lansing send Basehor-Linwood on three-game skid
Basehor-Linwood baseball coach Dave Svoboda says he hopes his team is ready to snap a three-game losing streak.
He saw signs of this occurring in a nine-inning loss Tuesday at Piper.
Piper scored two runs in the ninth inning and defeated Basehor-Linwood 7-5.
“Although it was a disappointing, extra-inning loss, this game might just be the thing that gets us turned around,” Svoboda said. “We are now 4-5 overall and have lost three straight this week, but the way we fought back tonight in the seventh to get it tied at 5-5 and then go into extra innings showed some fight.”
Basehor-Linwood trailed 5-2 in the seventh inning before rallying to tie the game. Austin Stubbs singled home a run and later scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Leppke.
“We just showed fight and life in that inning that we really hadn’t shown all year, minus the eight-run inning against Tonganoxie,” Svoboda said.
Destry Bryan started at pitcher for the Bobcats. He threw five innings, allowing five runs on five hits. Stubbs took the loss in relief, throwing four innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits.
While the team showed signs of progress in the Piper game, Basehor-Linwood struggled in a doubleheader Monday against Lansing.
Lansing won the first game 11-1, scoring in all five innings of the mercy-rule victory.
In the first inning, the Lions first three hitters in the game reached base and scored.
Tyler Henley started the game at pitcher and threw four innings, allowing seven runs, six of them earned.
Jeff Johnson pitched in relief and allowed four runs, two of which were earned. Henley was the losing pitcher for the Bobcats.
At the plate, BLHS scored just one run in the fourth inning.
Overall, it was a long day for the Bobcats.
“Obviously you can’t allow a team seven hits and make three errors and expect to win — especially if you’re struggling to score runs, like we were on Monday,” Svoboda said.
In the second game, Lansing won 5-0. The Lions scored one run in the first inning and two in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead.
The Lions added runs in the fifth and sixth innings off of Basehor-Linwood starter Ryan Lawless. Lawless allowed four runs on three hits. He struck out 10 and walked one while scattering five hits.
“His performance was more than good enough for us to win, but again, we just weren’t hitting the ball,” Svoboda said.