Bishop Ward prevents Basehor-Linwood baseball from building momentum
Second-year baseball coach Brian Lohafer is no stranger to slow starts, not after his team turned things around last year to advance to the state tournament.
Now, after the Bobcats started 1-8 and after they used a 10-run second inning to halt a six-game losing streak on Thursday, was it too soon to wonder if we’re seeing another renaissance by the Bobcats?
Basehor-Linwood defeated Sumner Academy, 11-0, on April 12 to improve to 2-8, and had 11 hits and no errors in the contest. Zac Hevel struck out six and allowed just two hits in the game.
Every Basehor-Linwood batter recorded a hit, and all but two batted in runs. Tyler Ogden led the way with a 3-RBI triple. Drew Potter also hit a triple and a double, while batting in a runner. Potter, Skylar Barnes, Avery Fliger and Tanner Garver each had two hits.
Come Monday, however, Bishop Ward silenced the Bobcats batters with a 6-1 victory.
The Cyclones limited Basehor-Linwood to one run off three hits, shutting out the visiting squad after the first.
In the first, Potter scored off an RBI by Joe Merrino, who led the Bobcats with two hits in three at-bats. Garver was the only other Bobcat to record a hit.
Fliger pitched four innings and allowed two earned runs in the loss.
The Bobcats will get another chance at Bishop Ward at 5 p.m. on Thursday, this time at home.