K-7 League, weekend wood-bat tournament highlights BSHS baseball’s start to summer play
With the spring season being as compact as it is, the Bonner Springs baseball team is utilizing the opportunity to continue playing together this summer.
"This is something we wanted to do to beef up our summer program and had enough commitment from players from Bonner Springs to play in a league as well as tournaments," said BSHS baseball coach Scott Lero.
The team is competing in the newly formed K-7 Summer League, which also includes Eudora, Lansing, Midland (Shawnee), Piper, Tonganoxie and Turner in addition to tournament action.
"With the spring being only about 20 games as compared to over 40 in the summer, the biggest thing is the players have a chance to make an impression," Lero said. "Spots for the spring will be earned in the summer. It's essentially a two-month tryout."
Bonner Springs has played three league games thus far this summer, losing twice to Tonganoxie, 3-1 and 13-3, and once to Turner, 8-2.
The Braves were most recently in action at the Nill Bros/Louisville Slugger Legends Series, a wood bat tournament, in Shawnee.
The Braves opened with a 12-0 loss to Outlaws on Friday night. On Saturday, Bonner Springs fell to Reds 17 Fettke, 16-1, and 68's Inside Sports Cavaliers-Didion, 14-2, before closing the tournament with a loss to Nike Diamond Kings' Baseball, 11-0, on Sunday to fall to 0-7 on the young season.
It's been a difficult start to the season for the Braves, but Lero wants the team to face the kind of competition that will make it better.
"This tournament was good for the team to see and feel what good competitive baseball is all about," Lero said. "We want to get to the same level and playing teams of this caliber will help us do that."
While the Braves had a tough go offensively over the weekend, scoring just three runs in four games, Jeremy McDonnell and Logan Shearer were two players who Lero said had some good at-bats.
"In the summer I give guys specific things to work on, it's mostly about the little things I'm looking for them to get better at," Lero said. "We have some kids opening eyes and I've seem some positive things, but there comes a time when you have to start competing and win games. We want to come out, have fun and ultimately win games. The kids are starting to see what it takes and now we need to make improvements to get those wins."