Bobcats, Braves split league DH
When Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs squared off on the baseball diamond Tuesday, few comparisons could be made from the first game to the second. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the Kaw Valley League rivalry ended in a split.
Consistent pitching and a key home run powered BSHS to a 4-2 win in the opener, but the BLHS bats came alive for an 18-3 victory in the nightcap.
The Braves (1-1, 1-1 KVL) opened scoring in the first game when Roman Glenn led off with a walk and came around to score on an error by first baseman Avery Fliger. The Bobcats (3-1, 3-1) evened the score in the third when Dane Quigley came home on an error by pitcher Thaddeus Glenn.
BSHS went in front for good in the fourth when Brayden Pearce hit a three-run home run to left center. The homer came just two hitters after Basehor-Linwood's Jesse Smallwood relieved starter Dalton Inlow on the mound.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," BSHS coach Adam Loecker said. "(Pearce) saw the ball out of the hand and just drove it. He's going to be a huge contributor on the offensive end this year. He can square up the baseball consistently."
Quigley scored again in the seventh to get the Bobcats within two runs, but that's as close as they got.
Thaddeus Glenn got the win for the Braves, allowing just two hits while striking out 11 over seven innings.
"He kept the ball down, his two-seam (fastball) was moving and he really kept the hitters off balance," Loecker said of Glenn. "Most importantly, he threw strikes and pitched to contact."
Inlow was charged with three runs over 3.1 innings, while Smallwood gave up one over 2.2 frames.
After managing just a pair of singles in the first game, the Bobcats erupted for 18 hits in the second. They took a 2-1 lead on a two-run double by Bryan Crowe in the second, then sent 12 hitters to the plate in a six-run second. The surge continued with four more runs in the third, giving BLHS a commanding 12-1 advantage.
"I was pleased with them bouncing back after losing the way we did," Bobcat coach Jeff Vestal said. "We should never have lost that first game, but their pitcher shoved it on us."
BLHS had a chance to end the game in the fifth, but the Braves briefly avoided the five-inning mercy rule by scoring two in the bottom of the inning. The Bobcats piled on six more in the sixth, though, and the game was called when BSHS failed to answer.
Four Bobcats had multi-hit games, including second baseman Jake Hahn, who went a perfect 3-of-3 with three runs batted in in the leadoff spot. Starter Andrew Magana went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 and walking just one.
"He threw strikes and walked one guy the whole game," Vestal said. "I would rather give up 20 hits than 20 walks anytime. You've got to throw strikes and let your defense work."
The Braves will be back at home at 4 p.m. Thursday for a doubleheader with Piper, while the Bobcats will travel Friday to Tonganoxie for a single game at 6 p.m.
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