DAY ONE: Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic
Kansas City, Kan. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s have provided ideal conditions for opening day of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
This is the fourth year of the tournament, which is conducted by Bonner Springs High School.
Spring Hill and St. James Academy have met in the tournament finals during all three previous years, with Spring Hill winning the first time and St. James winning the last two titles.
Spring Hill and Perry-Lecompton open the tournament at noon today, followed by Tonganoxie against Holton. In the evening session, Basehor-Linwood will face St. James at 5 p.m. and Bonner Springs will battle Paola at 7:30 p.m.
GAME ONE: SPRING HILL 10, PERRY-LECOMPTON 3
Spring Hill was dominant in its bid for a fourth straight trip to the tournament finals.
The Broncos opened the tournament with a 10-3 rout of Perry-Lecompton.
Spring Hill scored twice in the third inning and then used an eight-run fifth to take full control of the game.
GAME TWO: HOLTON 10, TONGANOXIE 9
Tonganoxie let this one get away.
The Chieftains led 6-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning when a dropped pop fly helped spark a five-run inning for Holton. The Wildcats' rally began with a three-run homer to left field.
It was a back-and-forth affair the rest of the way as the game was tied multiple times.
The game was tied 7-7 after five innings and 9-9 after six.
Tonganoxie was held scoreless in the top of the seventh — the only inning the Chieftains didn't score a run.
A leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh, followed by a base hit and a medium depth sacrifice fly to center field helped drive home the winning run.
Holton advances to play Spring Hill in the championship semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Tonganoxie will play Perry-Lecompton in the consolation semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday.
GAME THREE: BASEHOR-LINWOOD 7, ST. JAMES ACADEMY 5
After three straight appearances in the tournament finals and two straight titles, St. James Academy will do battle in the consolation bracket this year.
Basehor-Linwood took advantage of St. James errors and walks, and the Bobcats' bats caught fire during a seven-run third inning.
Austin Stubbs also gave BLHS five solid innings of pitching as the Bobcats knocked off the Thunder, 7-5.
St. James will play at noon Friday in the consolation semifinals.
Basehor-Linwood will play at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the championship semifinals.
GAME FOUR: BONNER SPRINGS 1, PAOLA 0
The Bonner Springs Braves planned on competing for a championship at the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic.
The Braves took a big first step toward that goal in the form of a 1-0 victory against Paola in the first round Thursday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
A.J. Gidden threw a one-hitter and struck out 11 on his way to a complete-game shutout.
Bonner Springs scored its lone run in the top of the fourth. Brian Callahan hit a leadoff single. Joseph Dooley followed with a bunt for a single. Then Austin Epp executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. Then Callahan scored on Matt Call’s sacrifice fly to left field.
After that, Gidden and a flawless BSHS defense took care of the rest.
Bonner Springs advances to play Basehor-Linwood at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the championship semifinals.
Paola will play St. James Academy at noon Friday in the consolation semifinals.