The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats rebounded from a Tuesday loss to Shawnee Heights to defeat the Thunderbirds 4-3 on Thursday.
The Bobcats were led by Chandler Miller with two hits and two runs on the day. Jackson Herbel had a hit and a run. Aaron Quisenberry had the other run for the Bobcats. Matthew McKnight, Chase Torkelson, Jackson Jennings and Carter Bergman each had a hit.
Wyatt Wagner pitched five innings for the Bobcats, allowing seven hits, two runs with three strikeouts. McKnight threw two innings, allowing two hits, one run with three strikeouts.
Bobcats head coach Andrew See said he was pleased with how the players played Tuesday in the 6-1 loss.
“The reason why we lost is because we didn't play to win on Tuesday,” See said. “We played to not get beat.”
See said the play Thursday was “awesome” in the win.
See pointed out that Tyson Wachter made plays consistently at first base, Herbel continues to build confidence at shortstop and Wagner pitched “great” in the cold weather.
“The weather made it interesting for both parties,” See said. “The cold and the wind was going to play a factor in every aspect of the game and we really tried to get the players to understand that the team that can overcome the cold will win this game. We told the boys that you have to ‘fake it’. Fake being super excited, fake being the loudest player and fake being warm. Then it will become real and it did.”
See said the team did just enough on offense. While they left some guys on base, he said the team had the Shawnee Heights pitcher on the ropes.
See said he felt like Thursday was the first game that every person was invested in winning.
“I thought this was the first game where every single person was invested in winning this game,” See said. “Even down to the managers. You couldn't out-hustle us. You could see our effort every inning. There was communication on the field and in the dugout all game. We as a coaching staff were very pleased and also super excited because we are hoping this team realizes what they can do for the rest of the season.”
Basehor-Linwood returns to the field on Tuesday when they host De Soto at 4:30 p.m.