Basehor-Linwood shocks St. James in first round of BFMBC
Seven-run third inning sparks BLHS to 7-5 victory
Kansas City, Kan. There won’t be a four-peat in the finals of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic.
Basehor-Linwood made sure of that.
The Bobcats punished St. James Academy for mistakes in a mighty third-inning outburst and then held off the Thunder, 7-5, in Thursday’s first-round game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The two-time defending champion and three-time tournament finalist Thunder are headed to the consolation bracket. Three-time finalist Spring Hill is still in the running for a finals berth after winning its first-round game earlier in the day.
Both teams had opportunities to score early, but they were unable to capitalize. BLHS received back-to-back singles by Destry Bryan and Nathan Quigley in the bottom of the first inning without pushing a run across, and St. James had back-to-back singles from Nick Deichler and David Maddock in the top of the second but did not score.
Finally, the Thunder scratched two runs across in the top of the third. Andrew Tenbrink led off with a sharp single down the third base line. After two straight outs, Tenbrink scored on Jake Wodtke’s triple to right field. Wodke later scored when Brent Mitchell reached on an error.
St. James’ 2-0 lead was short lived, however. Thunder starter Adam Burns struggled to find the zone in the bottom of the third, and when he did the Bobcats put the ball in play. In addition, the St. James defense stumbled multiple times and allowed the Bobcats’ rally to extend.
The Bobcats’ rally began when Jayce Rymer was hit by a pitch. Bryan followed with a single, and then Quigley drew a walk to load the bases. Jared Patton drew a walk that scored Rymer. After Tyler Ogden struck out, designated hitter Seagar Smith laced a single to right field that brought home two runs and gave BLHS the lead. Tanner Garver came up next, and he hit a chopper to third that Deichler overran. Wodke backed him up and scooped up the ball, but his throw to the plate went wide and another run scored. Austin Stubbs drove in two more runs with a double, and Brett Bailes plated a run with a ground out.
By the end of the inning, BLHS had sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs for a 7-2 lead.
St. James had a few chances to close the gap. The Thunder left a runner on base in the fourth, and they scored two runs in the fifth to pull within 7-4 on a double by Calin McCourt before stranding him on base. In addition, they put two on base in the sixth without scoring.
Wodke led off the top of the seventh with a double, but Mitchell and McCourt followed with strikeouts. Deichler knocked a two-out double that scored Wodke and pulled St. James within 7-5, but Maddock struck out to end the game.
Wodke and Deichler led St. James with two hits apiece.
Bryan, Smith and Stubbs had two hits apiece for the Bobcats.
Stubbs threw five innings and allowed just five hits while earning the victory on the mound. Jared Patton threw two innings of relief and closed out the game for BLHS.
St. James will play at noon Friday in the consolation semifinals against the loser of Bonner Springs and Paola. Basehor-Linwood will play in the championship semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Friday against the BSHS/Paola winner.
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