BOBCATS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT
The Braymer Bobcat baseball team traveled to Wellington Thursday night and came home with a 9-6 victory over the Tigers. Weather has proven to be the toughest opponent for most teams so far this season and the Bobcats are no exception. Rain has already caused games against Southwest and North Platte to be postponed with makeup dates still unavailable.
Coach Tom Twyman was concerned about the long layoff between games. "On the negative side," he noted," the rain so far this spring has kept us off the fields and we have been forced to do the majority of our practicing inside. Thankfully, Braymer has a facility which allows us to take batting practice and take a few ground balls. I was a little nervous just because we haven't been able to work on many game situations. On the positive side, our pitching staff is rested going into a stretch where we could play eight games in a ten day period."
The Bobcats fell behind early, trailing 2-0 after two innings despite a solid pitching effort from Jordan Smith, but came back to tie the game in the fourth and take the lead for good in the sixth inning. Smith started and went four strong innings in his second appearance of the season, striking out three while allowing 3 earned runs. For the second straight game Caden Shonk came on in relief of Smith and picked up another win. Caden pitched three innings, striking out 4 while surrendering 1 earned run.
Offensively, Braymer continues to be very aggressive on the bases. "Our style is to get on base," said Twyman," run at every opportunity and try to pressure their defense into making some type of error." The Bobcats stole fourteen bases without being thrown out and consistently took the extra base on anything hit into the outfield. Kyle Anderson led the team with 4 steals, while Brett Clevenger added 3. Jordan Smith and Steve Calton had 2 stolen bases each.
Senior captain Jordan Smith continues to pace the Bobcats hitting attack. Smith went 4 for 4 with a walk, scored two runs and drove in 3. His booming 2 run homer to left field in the 7th inning provided all the cushion his team needed to come away with a win. Junior Caden Shonk moved down to the 3rd spot in the order for this game and he move showed immediate results as he went 2 for 4, scored 3 runs and drove in one with a 3rd inning double.
Brett Clevenger reached base in all four of his plate appearances with a pair of singles and 2 walks. Brett scored a run and drove in another. Steve Calton singled and scored a run while Kyle Anderson added a run and a RBI with his single. Caleb Shively scored the other run for the Bobcats while Jesse Clevenger reached base twice after being hit by a pitch.
Braymer scored 9 runs, but had 23 baserunners for the game. "We left the bases loaded three times," said Twyman. "For he second straight game we were just a hit or two away from blowing a team out. I'm proud of the way were are playing. We hang in there and grind it out. Jordan and Caden keep us close, the other team makes a mistake, and we capitalize on it. It's the way "small ball" is supposed to be played."
The junior varsity picked up their second win of the season with a 7-5 victory in three innings behind strong pitching from Dalton Owen and Trent Utt.
The Bobcats travel to Sedalia Saturday to take part in the Liberty Park Bash where they will be matched against CrestRidge and Sacred Heart.