No. 5 Bellevue West beats No. 7 Blair, 9-0

Bears baseball team is 1-3


The preseason Class B No. 7 Blair baseball team lost 9-0 Saturday at Class A No. 5 Bellevue West.
The Bears (1-3 overall) had twice as many errors as hits and lost for the third time in four games. They met with coaches on the T-Birds' outfield grass after the game before holding their own huddle as John Roan, James Bilslend and Brian Brown returned to the dugout to start packing up.
“I feel like, after this loss, we're going to learn about our team,” senior shortstop Shea Wendt said. “We've just got to bounce back Monday, for sure. Just bring it. Bring everything because we need a win — really bad.”
BHS was scheduled to face Omaha Roncalli after an off day Sunday. On Saturday, though, Bellevue West dominated the Bears.
After a scoreless first inning, the T-Birds notched an RBI single during the second frame and two more runs in the third. Their 3-0 lead was the result of a successful double-steal. It only resulted in a run, however, because catcher Nate Wachter's throw to second base went into the outfield after neither of the Bears' interior infielders ran to the bag.
Bellevue West then scored five runs during the fourth inning with Drew Grego and Nick Riggs hitting home runs over the fence in left field. Blair pitcher J'Shawn Unger put his hands on his hips as he watched the first leave the playing field. He struck out eight batters across four innings, but surrendered three walks and six hits.
BHS' Bo Nielsen, meanwhile, struck out two T-Birds in relief.
Offensively, Wendt, Wachter and Greyson Kay notched a hit apiece for coach Roan's team. Wachter hit a double, but was later thrown out in a rundown between second and third base.
“We didn't come ready to play our best game, and we need to bring that attitude to every game,” Wendt said. “Hopefully Monday we can do that.”
The senior said he planned on leading by example with his effort and play.
“Hopefully everybody else follows,” he added.

Trojans beat Bears in 10
The seventh-ranked Bears also blew a six-run lead Thursday against Class C No. 4 Platteview.
Coach Roan's team scored six runs across the first and second innings, but not again as the Trojans won in 10 innings, 7-6. The visitors to Vets Field improved to 1-2 with the win.
After Platteview scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th frame, the Bears' Hunter Travis drew a one-out walk during the bottom half. He watched the next batter fly out before Nielsen delivered a two-out single.
Blair couldn't make the game-tying play, however, as the second flyout of the inning ended it in the Trojans' favor.
Wendt led BHS at the plate, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Brady Brown knocked in a pair of runs, too.
Tanner Jacobson struck out five Platteview batters on the mound, while Kaden Sears and Brayan Caraveo combined for four more in relief.

No. 5 Bellevue West 9, No. 7 Blair 0
BHS (1-3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 6
BW (5-1) 0 1 2 5 1 0 X — 9 6 0
No. 4 Platteview 7, No. 7 Blair 6, 10 inn.
PHS (1-2) 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 — 7
BHS (1-2) 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 6

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