Bishop Ward avenges loss, blows out Basehor-Linwood
Bishop Ward wasted little time avenging a loss to Basehor-Linwood.
Just three days after BLHS used strong starting pitching and timely hitting in a 2-1 victory against Bishop Ward, the Cyclones stormed back and thumped the Bobcats 18-3 in just three innings Thursday at Ward.
The Cyclones scored 14 runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Destry Bryan started the game and allowed 11 runs before being relieved by Nick Rhodes, who gave up three more runs.
“They had 14 runs by the time the first inning was over. Everything they did, they did right,” BLHS coach Brian Lohafer said. “They hit the ball where we weren’t, dropping the balls in just over our heads and hitting the ball up the middle where we couldn’t get them.”
The Cyclones loaded the bases with hits and cleared them with home runs, hitting a three-run blast and a grand slam in the inning.
Skylar Barnes entered the game in the second inning, pitching in relief of Rhodes. Ward proceeded to score four more runs.
With the score 18-0, Basehor-Linwood needed score four runs in order to avoid the run rule.
Nathan Quigley doubled to score Chase Rymer and Chase Patton. Barnes was walked. Quigley later scored on hit by Austin Stubbs, but BLHS was unable to plate a fourth run. The final out occurred when a Basehor-Linwood player was thrown out at the plate.
While Lohafer understands that some games just get away from a team, he is disappointed that his players didn’t score enough runs to keep the game going.
“I told the kids after the game, ‘I am not mad we lost the game, but I am mad we loafed on the base paths,’” he said. “One thing I will not tolerate is lack of effort. After the way we started, there is no way we were going to win game, but at least we needed to continue it by scoring runs. You have got to go 100 percent of the time.”
Basehor-Linwood was scheduled to play a doubleheader Monday at Blue Valley Southwest, but the games were rained out. The Bobcats return to action today at the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.