Bonner Springs baseball blasts Eudora
Offense has been limited for the Bonner Springs High School baseball team so far this season, so when Dalton Vitt was given an early lead against Eudora, he took advantage of it.
The Braves scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, and Vitt defended the lead with a solid pitching performance as the Braves beat the Cardinals 6-0 in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday at BSHS. The Braves then earned the sweep with a 9-5 victory in the nightcap.
“We’ve been working hard all year, so (the sweep) isn’t going to make us work any harder because we’ve already been putting in a lot of work,” Vitt said. “But it’s just kind of a confidence thing, so we need to use it and keep on rolling. We know we’re a good team, we just had to come out and show it — and we did.”
Vitt faced an early jam when Eudora loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but Vitt closed the inning by forcing a strikeout and a pop out. Then the Braves took control. A.J. Gidden earned a one-out walk in the bottom of the first, Shawn Jones followed with a walk, and both scored on a bloop single to right field by Joseph Dooley for a 2-0 lead.
Vitt allowed just three hits during the next five innings and kept Eudora off the board.
Bonner Springs added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dooley led off with a single, and Gonzalo Pichardo followed with a two-run home run to left field.
Vitt said Pichardo’s blast gave the Braves a shot of confidence.
“It definitely helped,” he said. “Earlier in the season he wasn’t as confident he is now, and now he’s swinging the bat real good and it helps us a lot.”
Logan Terrell walked and later scored on a wild pitch that extended the Braves’ lead to 5-0.
BSHS tacked on another run in the sixth inning when Luke Porras walked and later scored when Gidden reached base on a fielding error.
Porras then entered in relief of Vitt in the bottom of the seventh and recorded two quick outs on one-hoppers back to the mound. Eudora mustered a two-out single before Porras fired a strikeout to close the game.
Vitt scattered five hits and walked four in six innings of work. Dooley led the Braves offensively with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with two singles, a walk and two RBI. Jones walked three times and scored a run, and Porras was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Gidden started game two for the Braves and allowed just one hit — a fourth-inning, two-run homer by Gabe Cleveland — during the first five innings. Like Vitt in the earlier game, Gidden also worked with a lead thanks to a six-run second inning by the Braves.
Dooley started the second-inning surge with a single, Austin Epp reached on an error, Terrill singled and drove home Dooley, and Gidden singled home Epp. Vitt was hit by a pitch, and then Terrell scored when Porras reached on an error. Jones and Dooley both drove in runs later in the inning as BSHS built a 6-0 lead.
The score held up until Cleveland’s home run whittled the lead to 6-2, but Bonner Springs countered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead.
Eudora scored three times in the sixth before the rally ran out. Jones entered in relief of Gidden in the seventh inning and closed out the game for the Braves.
Bonner Springs (4-6) was back in action Wednesday afternoon at Mill Valley (10-0). Results were unavailable at press time. The Braves next play April 28-30 in the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
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