Archive for Thursday, April 29, 2010

‘Mental toughness’ lacks as BSHS makes six errors in loss to Piper

April 29, 2010

— Chalk it up as a game that got away.

The Bonner Springs High School baseball team committed a half-dozen errors in a 10-4 loss Monday at Piper.

Even though the Braves played on the road, they were the home team on the scoreboard because the game was supposed to be played at BSHS. Wet field conditions caused the game to be relocated.

Half of the Pirates’ runs could be attributed to the Braves’ miscues, and that disappointed BSHS coach Barry Richards.

“(The Pirates) did the little things, put the bunts down, fielded the bunts …” Richards said. “We didn’t execute the little things. We always talk about executing the little things, just doing the little things right. The little things cost us tonight.”

Piper earned its first two runs the old fashioned way — with hits. The Pirates opened the game with a single and a double. Both hits turned into runs and a 2-0 lead. The Pirates extended the lead to 3-0 in the second inning after getting a two-out single. A dropped fly ball allowed the run to score.

Bonner Springs rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Brian Callahan and Lucas Porras earned back-to-back walks to start the inning. Joey Robertson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and both scored on a base hit by Joseph Dooley. Dooley later scored when Austin Epp reached on an error.

Piper took advantage of two BSHS errors and one hit to regain a 5-3 lead in the top of the third. An error led to another run in he fourth inning. The Pirates’ four-run fifth inning also was aided by an error.

“Mental toughness is what I attribute it to,” Richards said of the miscues. “I just think it’s mental toughness. We drill and drill and drill a lot, we work on our hitting a lot, the kids come in and hit every morning at 6:30, so to me tonight was all mental, and that’s it. That’s a tough one to fix.”

The Braves drew within 10-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Dalton Vitt reached on an error and later scored on Ryan Morris’ double to the fence in right-center field. It was too little too late, however.

Bonner Springs dropped to 3-6 with the loss. The Braves will try to regroup when they play three games in three days beginning at 2:30 p.m. today against Holton in the first round of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

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