BLHS splits wild baseball doubleheader against Turner
Rally was the name of the game as the Basehor-Linwood and Turner baseball teams met for a doubleheader Monday in Basehor.
In the first game it was the Bobcats overcoming an early deficit, while Turner rallied for the win in a five-inning game two shortened by rain and decreasing sunlight.
"I thought we played well considering the conditions today," BLHS coach Brian Lohafer said. "The first game could have been a little shorter, then we could have played two seven inning games instead of a seven and a five."
Turner opened the scoring in the top of the first with a run, which would be their only lead of the game. The Bobcats had a big answer in their first at bat with eight runs on a two-out rally. Avery Fliger's base hit scored two and Bryan Crowe followed with a two RBI single. A pair of hits by Zac Hevel and Tanner Garver's pushed the lead to 8-1 after one.
Turner couldn't make up any ground in the second and the Bobcats went right back to work in their half of the inning. Back-to-back doubles from Seagar Smith and Fliger, and Hevel's two-out triple kept the Bobcats out front, 11-1.
In the third, BLHS (2-5) scored once as Smith's single drove in a run to make it 12-1 going into the fourth. Things got a little soggy, figuratively and literally, for the Bobcats in the fourth inning.
As the rain began to fall, Turner made its move. Problems on the mound for BLHS, who used three pitchers in the inning, had the bases loaded. An error allowed Turner to score three runners and make it 12-4. Corey Cowan's single drove in another run and a two-out bases-loaded walk had Turner within six at 12-6.
The Bobcats got three of those runs back in their next time at the plate, but Turner stayed within 15-8 with another pair of runs. In the bottom of six, Dalton Inlow and Garver scored on wild pitches to give the Bobcats a 17-8 lead with Turner down to its last at-bat in the top of seven.
Turner did its best to rally once more, putting up four runs in the inning, but could get no closer and BLHS held on for the 17-12 win.
"Even though we were down early we didn't get tense like we have done in the past, we played a lot looser today," said BLHS senior Hevel, who finished the game with a triple and two singles. "We didn't get down on each other and played well together."
In the second game Turner again took the early lead with three runs in the top of the second on a pair of base hits.
The Bobcats were able to even the score in the third. An errant throw from Turner’s catcher to second base on a steal attempt scored Hevel. Smith followed with a sacrifice fly before Garrett Draper came through with an RBI single to tie the game.
The Bobcats kept Turner off the board in the top of the fourth and went ahead in the home half of the frame. With two outs, Garver belted a two-out single to put BLHS up, 4-3, but the lead wouldn't last long.
Down to what was likely its last out due to darkness, Turner found new life as Cowan, Dillon King and Daniel Morales hit consecutive RBI singles to put the visitors up, 6-4. Two Bobcat pitching miscues — a hit batter and wild pitch — allowed two more Turner runs to score, making it 8-4.
After the first two Bobcat batters struck out in the fifth, Brock Gilliam singled and Fliger reached on a fielder's choice. Crowe's single brought one run home and cut the lead to three, but a pop out ended the rally and the game.
"We're hitting the ball well right now; our pitching just has to come around," Lohafer said. "Right now I have two starters, so we need to have some guys step up."
BLHS returns to play Thursday against Spring Hill at the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.