Braves, Wildcats go deep seven times as BSHS falls
Bonner Springs High School has one of the area’s most home run-friendly baseball fields, but Monday ranks among the most memorable long-ball festivals in some time.
The Braves and the De Soto Wildcats combined for seven home runs — five of them in the first inning — in a 15-5 De Soto victory.
The Wildcats appeared to take full control of the game in the top of the first inning as they stroked five hits and plated five runs. Included in that barrage where two-run home runs by Corbin Clark and Ryan Sears.
Bonner Springs answered right back in the bottom of the first, however. A.J. Gidden led off the inning with a home run over the center field fence. Austin Epp came up next, and he smacked a solo homer that soared up into the wind and floated over the fence in left field.
Then it was Shawn Jones’ turn. The Braves three-hole hitter stroked a line-drive shot over the fence in right-center field for the Braves’ third straight homer to open the game.
Bonner Springs trailed 5-3 after one inning, and the Braves were right back in the game.
In the top of the second, Clark walked and later scored on a single by Dalton Thompson. Then Hayden Chandler stepped to the plate. The powerful Wildcats first baseman mashed a towering shot that soared over the left-field fence, over the street and off the roof of a two-story house for a two-run homer.
Chandler’s bomb gave De Soto an 8-3 lead.
Bonner Springs scored a run in the bottom of the second when Epp doubled home Lucas Porras.
Both teams scored once in the third, but the Braves’ bats went cold the rest of the way.
De Soto scored twice in the fifth inning, three times in the sixth — including a solo homer by Sears — and once more in the seventh before closing out the game by retiring the Braves in order.
De Soto pounded 19 hits in the victory. Meanwhile, Bonner Springs had six hits — three of them coming on the game-opening homer run barrage.
Gidden and Epp had two hits apiece to lead the Braves.
The loss dropped Bonner Springs’ record to 8-12 for the season. The Braves will play next week in the Class 4A regional tournament. Brackets have yet to be released, but other teams in the regional field include Baldwin, Santa Fe Trail, De Soto, Eudora, St. James Academy, Ottawa and Maranatha Academy.