BLHS baseball earns sweep of Tonganoxie
Basehor-Linwood High School's baseball team opened the season with a strong showing as the Bobcats swept Tonganoxie on Thursday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The Bobcats won game one in eight innings, 8-7, and then cruised to an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.
It was a solid first performance of the season, BLHS coach Brian Lohafer said.
“The boys played outstanding for our first game,” Lohafer said. “Our defense couldn’t have been better. We picked off four baserunners from the pitchers or catching position. We only committed two errors, which was great considering the small amount of time we have been outside on our field.”
Tonganoxie scored twice in the bottom of the first inning in game one, and the Bobcats spent a few innings playing catch-up. Each team plated a run in the third and fourth innings before a three-run homer by Nathan Quigley in the fifth inning put BLHS on top, 5-4.
Each squad score twice in the sixth, and THS then tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh when Jeremy Wagner's base hit to center plated Shawn Marin.
BLHS capitalized on a walk and a double in the eighth to score the go-ahead run.
Austin Stubbs helped close out the game and earned the save. Brett Bailes earned the victory on the mound.
Quigley led the BLHS offense with two hits, two runs scored and five RBI. Destry Bryan also had two hits.
In game two, BLHS took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and then extended its lead to 4-0 with a three-run top of the fourth. The Bobcats were in control from start to finish thanks to a dominant pitching performance by Bryan.
Tanner Garver led the Basehor-Linwood offense with two hits and an RBI. Drew Potter had two RBI, and Jayce Rymer went 1-for-3 with a double.
The Bobcats (2-0) next play at 4 p.m. today at Lansing.