Thursday was a busy night in prep sports as the spring seasons begin.
Leavenworth girls’ soccer fell to St. James Academy 9-0. A recap of that game can be found in Friday’s paper and online at www.leavenworthtimes.com/sports
Leavenworth also had the baseball team in action Thursday night at Pembroke Hill. The Pioneers were set to open the season at home against Veritas Christian but it was postponed and moved due to field conditions.
Pembroke Hill defeated Leavenworth 4-2. Head coach Justin Bode said the team competed and played well in the first game. He pointed out Eric Harding pitched “strong” in five innings. Bode said Harding battled against a good and aggressive Pembroke Hill lineup, giving up three runs with two being earned.
Bode also said the team played well defensively.
“We played well defensively considering it was our first outing of the season on a grass infield,” Bode said. “Both middle infielders, Kruz Wahwahsuck and Dylan Shaw, made spectacular plays and center fielder Ja’Hawn Byrd ran a ball down in right center that had even the Pembroke fans and coaches applauding.”
The Pioneers took the lead in the sixth after Shaw got on by an error, J.W. Hickman executed a “perfect” sacrifice bunt and Byrd hit a single to center and advanced on an overthrow. Wahwahsuck got Shaw in and Steele Sadler batted in Byrd to take the lead. Pembroke would add three runs in the bottom of the sixth before closing out the game.
Sadler finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and two steals. Byrd was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Wahwahsuck went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Michael Pegg went 1-for-3.
“Overall we played well for our first outing,” Bode said. “I am very proud of the approach that our guys took out to the field. There were some situations that we had not gotten to in practice yet this season, and that falls directly on my shoulders. We saw a lot of very good things from our guys and also identified areas we need to work on as the season progresses. We had fun, even in the loss, which is a major focus of our program vision. Our kids had fun, played relaxed and free. It was a fun atmosphere and an overall good start to our season. They are buying into our approach as a program. It is a process, and we took a step forward in that process today.”
Leavenworth continued play Friday evening with their make-up game with Veritas Christian. The game was moved to Hogland Ballpark on the KU campus.
The Bashor-Linwood Bobcats continued their spring season with baseball, softball and soccer all in action Thursday night at home.
The baseball team hosted Eudora in a doubleheader.
The Bobcats won the first game 2-0 before falling in the second 5-4.
Head coach Andrew See said successful teams find ways to play at a certain level all the time.
“Successful teams find ways to play at a certain level all the time,” See said. “It's early in the year and I think the boys are still trying to fit in their roles. We are missing three starters from last year that will join us next week and as the season continues, which will give us a jolt.”
See pointed out Wyatt Wagner’s pitching in the first game. He said Wagner was “outstanding” with his command and ability to use his curveball.
For the second game, See said Taylor Brownback battled the whole game but lost some control. He said the defense was not able to back him up and the Bobcats fell in a quick hole. See then said Brownback pitched three good innings and kept it close, but Eudora was victorious.
“We came up just short,” See said. “And give credit to Eudora. They scratched and clawed to get any runs they could and it was enough.”
See said the Bobcats are talented and they just need to play their “A” game all the time. He believes the loss will kick the team into gear.
In game one, Aaron Quisenberry and Chandler Miller each led the team with one hit and one run. Chase Torkelson and Brownback each got a hit as well with Torkelson getting an RBI.
In game two, Brownback and Matt McKnight each had two hits. Brownback also scored a run. Torkelson, Miller and Jackson Herbel also had one run each. McKnight, Torkelson, Wagner and Miller each had an RBI.
The Bobcats continued the season on Friday against Hayden. The game was originally the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday that was moved to Friday.
The softball team was also in action against Bishop Ward Thursday in a doubleheader.
The Bobcats picked up the win in first game 9-1 before winning game two 7-5.
The softball team will be back in action on Tuesday for a doubleheader at Turner. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Basehor-Linwood soccer also picked up a win Thursday night in a 4-1 win over Atchison. The Bobcats travel to Shawnee Heights on Tuesday with a scheduled start time of 6 p.m.
The Lansing girls’ swimming team kicked off their season in a meet at Topeka West. The Lions finished fourth.
Head coach David Bresser said it was a good start to the season. He said the Lions took less than half of the team and still finished fourth.
“I was really pleased with some of the times so early in the season,” Bresser said. “Some of the girls are ahead of where they left off at the end of last year. It was nice to take advantage of a meet in the state pool so early in the season. However, we have a lot to work on if we want to improve and get state qualifying times.”
Bresser said the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams already picked up state consideration times. Senior Trinity Hall swam a state qualifying time in the 100 back to finish second. Hall also took third in the 100 free and picked up a state consideration time.
Bresser also pointed out returning swimmers Samantha Moburg, Alix Lawler and Ryley Bullock swam well. He said Austyn Garcia was a key to the relays.
The Lions return to the pool Tuesday at Lawrence. Bresser said he is looking forward to the meet as the schedule starts to pick up.
“I'm looking forward to our next meet on Tuesday at Lawrence High School,” Bresser said. “We will take the entire team including our divers to compete. Then our schedule gets pretty busy with the Lansing Relays at the end of next week and another home meet immediately following that.”