Bonner Springs begins regional softball tournament with 19-3 victory
SJA defeats Bonner Springs
The Braves' baseball season came to an end in the first round of the regional tournament against St. James on Monday. The Thunder defeated Bonner Springs, 3-2.
Lost in the offensive explosion Bonner Springs put on in the first round of the 4A softball regional tournament was senior Kylee Timberlake’s first home run of the season.
It came in the fourth inning when the game was pretty much in hand, but it made No. 3 Bonner Springs’ 19-3 victory against No. 6 Bishop Ward that much sweeter.
“She’s been a powerful hitter all year long but she has been struggling,” coach Denise Chowning said. “When she finally got that homerun, I think everybody was like, ‘Finally.’”
But the celebrations could go on. The Braves, who rode an eight-game losing streak just a few weeks ago are on a confidence high. After winning the Turner Tournament and having one of its best outings against St. James Academy, Bonner Springs put its midseason woes to rest just in time for postseason.
“We’ve been looking forward to it all year,” Chowning said. “There is so much talent and potential on this team. That is what has been frustrating.”
The Braves put together a demoralizing second inning after giving up a home run in the first inning. Starting with an RBI from junior Bre Hammer, they scored 10 runs in the inning along with help from errors.
Hammer gave up another home run in the fourth inning, but kept her composure. Timberlake responded with a two-run blast of her own. The Braves kept hitting, with Samantha Ricci-Weller, Bre Tendick and Geena Harris having significant plays.
Up 17-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Bishop Ward just needed one more out to keep the game going. It was not to be as Hammer punched home the winning runs and the game was called short.
Bonner Springs will play in the semifinals 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Field of Dreams against Tonganoxie. If it reaches the finals, then Bonner Springs will play the winner of the Basehor-Linwood and Meriden-Jefferson West game 6 p.m. in the championship.
The Braves have come a long way in a few weeks.
“I know that we can win,” Chowing said about the matchup with Tonganoxie. “It’s exciting.”