The Basehor-Linwood baseball team hosted De Soto on Tuesday for a conference matchup. De Soto would take the game 7-4.
The Bobcats were led on offense by Colby Kimberlin and Jackson Herbel each having two hits. Jackson Jennings, Taylor Brownback, Matthew McKnight and Carter Bergman each had a hit. Chase Torkelson pitched four innings for the Bobcats, allowing seven hits, six runs with seven strikeouts. Wyatt Wagner came in for the final three innings, allowing one hit, one run with five strikeouts. Bobcats head coach Andrew See said the game was not what he was expecting when the team arrived at the ballpark.
“I thought we as a team had really figured out what it feels like to put a whole game together,” See said. “We came out flat and got into a big hole that we couldn’t escape from. We didn’t win in any of the three phases of baseball. We didn’t pitch well, we weren't hitting our spots consistently, we let them run all over us and we left a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate and we were beat for it. Our defense let us down as well. We made some very uncharacteristic mistakes on the field. De Soto really capitalized on our mistakes as well.”
See said the team will only go as far as the defense and pitching will take them. He said the hitters were “asleep” until the fifth inning.
“We didn't have any attitude or aggression at the plate,” See said. “We let Tyler Barkmeier dictate what he wanted to do. We finally settled down and got in the counts we wanted to and made a small comeback. But when De Soto’s relievers came in, we went right back to the same approach and couldn’t finish the comeback off.”
See said he still thinks the team can be “amazing” and can go far.
“This team could go really far,” See said. “If we can play the next game like it’s the championship and if we can find some internal motivation to play our ‘A’ game for seven innings (we can win). When this team finally starts playing for each other and for the singular goal that we want to reach, it could be really special.”
Basehor-Linwood is off until next Tuesday when they travel to Lansing to take on the Lions. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
The Lansing Lions rolled Veritas Christian 15-0 Tuesday night.
Senior Dylan McLain improved to 3-0 on the mound, allowing only one hit with eight strikeouts.
“I thought Dylan was really good (Tuesday night),” head coach Michael Basler said. “He got ahead of hitters and he dictated the at-bats. He used off-speed to put hitters away. He continues to get better and better each time he pitches.”
Dakota Sill led the team with two hits on the night. Seven Lions recorded a hit on the night including Jayden Raymond, who Basler said hit a “monster” home run. The Lions will travel to Lawrence this weekend for the River City Classic. Lansing will face Shawnee Mission North at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Lawrence High. The Lions will then face Sioux Falls Lincoln out of South Dakota on Saturday. The game will be played at 9 a.m. at Lawrence High School.
The Leavenworth Pioneers cruised past Turner 10-2 Tuesday night.
Head coach Justin Bode said the Pioneers have emphasized competing at practice. He said the team did just that Tuesday.
“Our emphasis in practice has been to compete,” Bode said. “(Tuesday night) we did just that. We made mistakes but we managed to compete through those mistakes instead of letting mistakes snowball. We still have a ton of work to do, but tonight was a step in the right direction.”
Bode said Eric Harding set the tone for the Pioneers both on the mound and plate. The junior went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Harding also started on the mound for Leavenworth and allowed three hits, two runs, three walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
“He didn’t have his best stuff,” Bode said. “But he completed every pitch.”
Robert McKinley came in for relief with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. McKinley also went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Tyler Robinson was 1-for-2 with an RBI, JW Hickman was 2-for-4 and an RBI, Davin Bailey was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Kruz Wahwahsuck was 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI and Dylan Shaw went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
“The whole team came together at the plate and got it done,” Wahwahsuck said.
Bode said the team had a few miscues on defense but managed to not allow Turner to have big innings.
“Allowing big innings has plagued the Pioneers this season,” Bode said. “So (Tuesday) was a showing of growth in the area of competing every pitch.”
Bode also said there was similar growth on offense with the team putting pressure on the Golden Bears in the first inning and capitalizing on Turner’s mistakes.
“The Pioneers got two-out hits (Tuesday night),” Bode said, “with many of them producing runs, which has been an area that the Pioneers have faltered in this season. After a two-out, RBI single by Tyler Robinson and another by JW Hickman, Harding put the Pioneers out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run to left, his first of the season. Senior Kruz Wahwahsuck made his return to the field after injury with an RBI double as well.”
After the game, Harding and Hickman both said the team played well but there is still work to be done.
“Defensively we have a couple things to clean up,” Harding said. “But no one got down after a bad play and we came through together.”
Hickman had a similar statement and also praised Harding’s pitching.
“Eric pitched a very good game,” Hickman said. “The outfield and infield played well. We still need to make some adjustments to keep improving.”
Bode also had high praise for his outfield defense.
“Our outfield played extremely well,” Bode said. “We have one of the best defensive outfields in the state. There were several balls hit tonight that are not caught by many teams, yet our guys made the plays look absolutely routine. They have been the strength of our team defensively and tonight they stepped up in a big way for our pitchers.”
The Pioneers return to action on Friday when they travel to Lawrence for the River City Classic. The Pioneers will face Belton out of Missouri at Lawrence Free State at 6 p.m. The team will then return to Lawrence Saturday at 9 a.m. to take on Lawrence Free State at the University of Kansas’ Hoglund Ballpark.