Bobcats struggle for consistent play in losses to Bears, Timberwolves
The Basehor-Linwood High School baseball team hit some late-season roadblocks in the form of the Turner Bears and Blue Valley Southwest Timberwolves.
The Bobcats entered the doubleheaders with momentum after winning the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, but against Turner and BVSW they struggled to find the same consistency.
Basehor-Linwood split a twinbill Monday against Turner.
Turner won the first game 13-2 by taking control early.
Turner’s first four batters reached base on a walk and scored, giving the Bears a 4-0 lead.
“Once they got the momentum in the first inning with all those walks, it took a lot out of us,” BLHS coach Brian Lohafer said.
The Bobcats responded with two runs, however. Nathan Quigley tripled and scored on a home run by Jared Patton.
The homer produced the only runs Basehor would score. Meanwhile, Turner continued to score runs and put the game away. Brett Bailes took the loss and Garrett Kahle pitched in relief of him.
Basehor-Linwood won the second game 6-5. It was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams with multiple lead changes
Turner scored one run in the first inning.
Basehor-Linwood responded by scoring in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Ogden drew a walk and scored on a Quigley double. Later, Destry Bryan singled to score Quigley and give BLHS a 2-1 lead.
The Bobcats scored two more runs in the third inning when Bryan hit a home run with Patton on base. In the fifth inning, Seager Smith reached base and scored when Patton was walked with the bases loaded.
Skylar Barnes pitched for the Bobcats and earned the victory.
“It was the best outing that he has had all year,” Lohafer said. “We made a couple errors behind him, but he looked good today.”
SOUTHWEST SWEEPS BLHS
Blue Valley Southwest swept Basehor-Linwood in a doubleheader Friday, winning the first game 6-3 and the second game 5-1.
Austin Stubbs pitched and took the loss in the first game. In the second game, Bryan started and Bailes pitched in relief. None of the pitchers received much offensive support in the losses.