Braves battle back, beat Kaws
Bonner Springs used a come-from-behind rally to squeak past Perry 4-3 in baseball action Monday night.
Senior Brandon Eastland provided the game-winning heroics with a two-out, run-scoring single to cap a three-run fourth inning that put the Braves ahead for good.
“It was a relief and everybody congratulated me, but it was really a team effort tonight,” Eastland said.
Brian Callahan got the Braves on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a solid run-scoring single off of Perry pitcher Brad Phillips. Phillips helped out his own cause by plating one of the three Perry runs scored in the top of the third inning with a hard single that gave the Kaws a 3-1 lead.
Callahan led off the fourth with another single, followed by a walk and a sacrifice bunt to move two runners in scoring position. Austin Epp struck out, but Joe Robertson delivered a hard single with two outs to tie the game. After Robertson stole second, Eastland fought off a couple of pitches before punching a line-drive through the hole between first and second base. Robertson scored on the hit.
“(Phillips) was throwing curve ball, curve ball, curve ball — and I have a problem with trying to pull curve balls,” Eastland said. “This time, coach told me to keep my weight back and wait for it with my hands. I saw right as he was coming to the plate that it was going to be a curve ball, so I waited back and hit it to right field and scored the runner. It is what we practice, and it showed.”
Korey Sanborn came into the game in relief in the fifth inning and shut down Perry, though he battled his control. He struck out four and walked three.
“We slept through (the game) a little bit, but we did come back with some key hits and good pitching,” BSHS coach Barry Richards said. “It was good to see the team come back, but we don’t have enough fight (right now).”
The victory was much-needed for the Braves. Despite a hot start by the BSHS offense Friday night against Lansing, the Lions pounded BSHS in two games, 15-3 and 10-1. A home run by Dalton Vitt hit the light pole. Soon thereafter, Ryan Morris belted a home run. The Braves also had a single and a double off the fence in the first inning before the Lions stormed back and took control.
The Braves (2-4) split a Thursday doubleheader with Santa Fe Trail, winning game one, 10-0, and losing the nightcap, 11-7.
Now the BSHS will take the rest of the week off from games and focus on the practice field — something it did not have a lot of chances to do before the season started, thanks to frequent thunderstorms.
Bonner Springs will need the extra practice to get ready for always-tough Bishop Ward at 6 p.m. Monday at home.