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Another BLHS baseball doubleheader postponed Monday

April 9, 2013

Basehor-Linwood’s baseball team was rained out of its double header against Piper on Monday.

Sunday’s rain made the field unplayable and the Bobcats were forced to practice on the football field. Track and field, soccer, softball and strength and conditioning were all using the football field, too.

The game will instead be played at Piper at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 with junior varsity scheduled to play earlier at noon.

So far during the early season, BLHS is sitting at 1-2 with the lone win coming on Thursday against Lansing 13-12 in 11 innings. The game was meant to be the first in a doubleheader, but it lasted five-and-a-half hours, so the two teams were forced to play game two on Friday.

“That was a big emotional win for us,” coach Brian Lohafer said. “To play that long and to get the win is much more important than to lose that game with that much emotion.”

Avery Fliger threw 85 pitches — his limit — in five innings. The Bobcats were up 9-0 at that point and Lohafer brought in Jesse Smallwood to just throw strikes and get outs so the team could win in five with the 10-run rule. Smallwood gave up four runs that inning and Lansing ended up tying the game at 11 in the seventh.

Andrew Magana was brought in to pitch the final five innings and held Lansing scoreless.

“He did a superb job for us coming in and holding them to the runs that they had,” Lohafer said.

Friday didn’t go so well. Zach Hevel got into some trouble early giving up six runs through the first two innings. He was pulled in favor of Tanner Garver, pitched the final five innings.

BLHS put three runs on the board, but the comeback fell a little short in the 6-3 loss.

Lohafer is trying to figure out his rotation and bullpen. He thinks he has two or three starters and is looking for his fourth. He’s also looking for his middle relievers and closer.

Fliger, Magana and Garver are all in the running for a starting spot. This team doesn’t have the luxury of lefties with only two of them, but Zach Joyce could possibly be a starter.

Lohafer is also playing around with his lineup. He’s going to try and get those hitting a little better up in the lineup and move the cold ones down.

Designated hitter Drew Potter is more than likely going to be moved up as he’s batting around .560.

“Hitting-wise were batting .444 as a team,” Lohafer said. “I would like to see a few more walks instead of strikeouts. It just means our kids are aggressive at the plate, which is a good thing when you think about that.”

BLHS is next scheduled to play at Sumner Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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