NAMPA — For the second year in a row at the 4A state baseball tournament, the Bonneville High School baseball team took on familiar foe Bishop Kelly in a clash of teams with Division I baseball signees.
On Thursday, Bishop Kelly’s Bowen Ogata stole the show.
Ogata, who has signed with the University of Utah, played shortstop Thursday and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and five RBIs in Bishop Kelly’s 14-1 opening-round win over defending state champion Bonneville at Rodeo Park.
Ogata broke open the game for Bishop Kelly (22-5) in the third inning with a two-out single up the middle to score Keaton Elledge and hit two-run doubles in the fifth and sixth innings to turn the contest into a blowout.
“He’s a DI athlete for a reason,” Bonneville coach Joldy Watt said. “He’s the one we talked about the most before the game. We put ourselves in situations where we had to pitch to him and that hurt us.”
The Knights outhit the Bees 17-6, scoring eight runs off 12 of those hits against Bonneville ace and University of Oregon signee Kohl Hostert. The senior pitched 5.1 innings Thursday, walking four and striking out three. He entered Thursday’s game with a 0.43 ERA, three earned runs, 11 walks and 67 strikeouts through 49 innings pitched through the regular season.
Hostert and Bishop Kelly’s Tyler Oldenberg kept runs off the board through two first innings when the teams combined for three hits. Elledge put the Knights on the scoreboard off Ogata’s single in the third. Justin Marino doubled in the top of the fourth and then scored off Garrett Lodge’s bunt single and an error by Bees’ first baseman Jaxon Bird to increase the lead to 2-0.
Conlan Smith’s single scored Tyson Craig to cut Bishop Kelly’s lead in half in the bottom of the fourth, but the inning ended with Bird and Ryne Lopez on base.
After hitting a single to left field to start the fifth inning, Elledge advanced to second and then third off consecutive wild pitches from Hostert, and Ogata brought both him and Robby Degen home with his first two-run double of the game with no outs. Four batters later, Marino doubled to left field to score Andy Lawrence’s courtesy runner, Gage Jorgensen, for the Knights’ final run of the inning to make it 6-1.
Ogata scored Ellege and Degen with a two-run double again in the sixth inning and Conlan Smith then took the mound in relief of Hostert. Lawrence brought Ogata home with a double two batters later and the inning ended with Roman Campanella being called for the final out as he could not beat the relay from second to first. Bishop Kelly piled on six runs in the seventh inning to take a double-digit lead.
Lincoln Clayton went 2 for 3 with a double for the Bees, Craig went 2 for 2 with a run scored and Smith went 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Bonneville (16-6) will begin playing for the consolation trophy with a 10 a.m. game against Columbia, which fell 9-3 to Twin Falls in Thursday morning’s game. Watts said he shoulders the responsibility for Thursday, and added that the loss still stings for him and the Bonneville seniors.
“I didn’t do a great job of changing momentum,” Watts said. “All I can do is tell the guys I’m sorry and be there for them tomorrow. Regardless of who you play, this hurts. It’s tough, especially with the players you have. These boys deserve so much better.”