BLHS-BSHS baseball concludes season with makeup game
The Bonner Springs baseball team returned home Wednesday with a chance to pick up its first home-field victories with a senior night doubleheader against Basehor-Linwood.
The Bobcats, for their part, could have been forgiven for wanting to turn the Braves’ senior night into one of their own, as wet field conditions forced the cancellation of what was to be a Monday senior sendoff against Maryville.
Victories have been hard to come by this year for Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs, who were 3-14 and 4-13, respectively, at the time of Wednesday’s doubleheader, which occurred before this paper’s press time.
The Bobcats haven’t won since they shocked No. 1 seed Paola in a 5-2 victory in the opening round of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic last month. Since then, Basehor-Linwood has lost four straight, including a sweep at Turner on May 3.
The Golden Bears opened the doubleheader with a commanding 11-1 victory, but Basehor-Linwood came out swinging in the second contest. The Bobcats pulled within one with a three-run fifth inning in the second game and tied it in the sixth after shutting the Golden Bears out in the bottom of the fifth. Turner eventually went ahead for good with the decisive run later in the inning. The Bobcats put a scare into the 12-7 Golden Bears by out-hitting the home team 10-6.
Leading the way on offense for Basehor-Linwood was Joe Merrino, who went 2-for-4, including a home run. He also scored two runs. Seagar Smith recorded a three-run double in the game and Tanner Garver went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Dallas Keller also went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and one run scored.
Prior to Wednesday’s doubleheader, Bonner Springs split a pair of games at Tonganoxie and was shut down at De Soto, 10-0, on Monday.
One run separated the Braves from grabbing a sweep against Tonganoxie on May 3. In the opener, the Chieftains edged Bonner Springs, 7-6. Luis Gardea went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Meanwhile, Shawn Jones and Mason Patchett each batted in two runs.
The second game was less suspenseful as Sergio Valenzuela limited the Chieftains to one run in the bottom of the first inning, and the Braves cruised to a 6-1 victory.
Jones hit a home run and had three RBIs in the game. Gonzalo Pinchardo, Call and Valenzuela each batted in runs of their own in the game.
Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader featured two coaches at the early stages of their tenures with each school. Brian Lohafer is in his second season coaching the Bobcats and Scott Lero is in his first year with the Braves.
A rematch won’t be in the cards during regionals as the Braves will be in the Eudora tournament on May 14-16 and the Bobcats will play at Bishop Ward May 14-15. Stay tuned for more information, including further details on the teams’ seeds following Saturday’s seeding meeting.