DAY TWO: Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic
Kansas City, Kan. It's another sunny day at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, and temperatures are projected to rise into the upper 70s. It's a beautiful day for baseball at the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic.
Semifinal action will take place today for both the consolation and championship brackets.
St. James Academy and Paola will start the action at noon in a consolation semifinal, followed by the first championship semifinal between tournament host Bonner Springs and rival Basehor-Linwood. Then, at 5 p.m., Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton will face off in the second consolation semifinal. Holton and Spring Hill will close out the night with a 7:30 p.m. championship semifinal.
GAME ONE: ST. JAMES ACADEMY 7, PAOLA 5
It was an error-plagued game for both squads, and timely hitting followed most of the miscues. St. James Academy capitalized the most, however, and rallied for a 7-5 victory.
St. James starting pitcher Jake Heller was in the zone early as he allowed two hits and no runs through three innings. St. James took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Thomas Maddock led off with a single and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Maddock later scored on a double to left field by Adam Burns. Burns stole third and scored on an overthrow by the Paola catcher for a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers tied the game in the top of the fourth thanks to a walk, two singles and a throwing error.
St. James reclaimed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Maddock started the inning with a double. Austin Murrell was up next, and he reached on an error that allowed Maddock to come around and score. Murrell later scored on a base hit to right field by Burns for a 4-2 lead.
Paola promptly answered with three runs in the top of the sixth. The Panthers used three singles and another St. James error to bring the runs home.
St. James struck right back in the bottom of the inning. Nick Deichler led off with a double and then advanced to third on Brent Mitchell's base hit. Deichler scored when Andy Muehlberger grounded into a double play. That tied the game at 5-5.
Andrew Tenbrink followed with an infield single, and Jansen Keyes brought him home by belting a fly ball into the out-blowing wind. The ball sailed over the left-field fence for a two-run home run that gave the Thunder a 7-5 lead.
The Panthers were retired in order in the top of the seventh as St. James held on for the victory.
Paola will play at noon Saturday in the seventh-place game against the loser of Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton.
St. James will play the THS/PLHS winner at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game.
GAME TWO: BASEHOR-LINWOOD 12, BONNER SPRINGS 8
Basehor-Linwood slugged 11 hits and pounded its way to a 12-8 victory against rival Bonner Springs Friday afternoon at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The victory vaulted the Bobcats into the 7:30 p.m. Saturday championship game of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic.
Basehor-Linwood’s fireworks display began in the bottom of the first inning when Destry Bryan reached on an error and scored moments later on Nathan Quigley’s two-run homer that bounced off of the light pole in left field.
BLHS added another run when Tyler Ogden walked and later scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 Bobcat lead after one inning.
Basehor-Linwood starting pitcher Skylar Barnes kept the Braves’ batters off balance for the first three innings as he allowed just one hit during that span.
Bonner Springs tied the game in the top of the fourth. Shawn Jones led off with a single up the middle, Gonzalo Pichardo singled to right field and Sergio Valenzuela reached base on a dropped third strike. Austin Epp followed with a walk that plated Jones and brought BSHS within 3-1. Two batters later, Lucas Porras belted a two-run double to right-center field.
Basehor-Linwood answered promptly in the bottom of the inning. The Bobcats sent 10 batters to the plate and strung together six hits to go with a Bonner Springs error. The result was a six-run inning and a 9-3 lead. Ogden smacked a three-run double and Tanner Garver drove in a run with a triple during the inning.
The Braves went 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth, and then BLHS tacked on three more runs for a 12-3 lead.
Bonner Springs closed the gap a bit in the top of the sixth thanks to a three-run triple by Jones that brought the Braves within 12-6.
The Braves continued to rally in the top of the seventh. They loaded the bases with one out, and then Epp drew a walk that brought home Jones who had reached base on an error to start the inning. Then Brian Callahan scored on Logan Terrell’s fielder’s choice ground ball that pulled BSHS within 12-8 with two outs. Matt Call struck out swinging to end the game.
Quigley led the Bobcats with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. He came a triple short of hitting for the cycle and had three RBI.
Bonner Springs will face either Holton or Spring Hill at 5 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game. The Holton/Spring Hill winner will meet BLHS in the finals.