Bonner Springs Braves baseball was established in 1985. Below is a chronicle of important events in Braves baseball history.
March 22, 1985: The Braves took the field for the first time under inaugural head coach John Heckathorne. The Braves swept Bishop Ward's JV squad, 9-1 and 12-1 at Lion's Park.
March 28, 1985: The first varsity win in Bonner Springs history occurred when the Braves defeated Blue Valley 15-12 in the first game of a double-header at Blue Valley. The Braves went on to win the nightcap 14-10, completing the first double-header sweep in team history.
May 15, 1989: The Braves won their first Regional championship in 1989 under coach Tom McCool when they defeated Sumner Academy 9-2 at Steineger Field in Turner.
May 26, 1989: The Braves competed in their first state tournament in El Dorado, falling in the opening round to Augusta, 10-7. Augusta went on to win the class 5A State championship.
June 1989: Braves pitcher Brian Keith Jackson was drafted by the New York Yankess.
April 6, 1990: Butch Foster threw the first no-hitter in Braves history. The Braves defeated Desoto 12-0 in six innings. Foster struck out 11 and walked two.
May 17, 1990: The Braves lost in the opening round of regionals to Turner, 8-4. Two days later, the Braves play a double-header against Bishop Ward that was rained out in the regular season to determine the Huron League champions.
May 19, 1990: The Braves won their first ever league championship under first-year head coach Doug Kapeller. The Braves swept Bishop Ward 13-9 and 13-0 to claim the title. Butch Foster was the winning pitcher in the opener and Mike Maynard threw a complete game three-hitter in the nightcap. It was the Braves first year competing in the Huron League. They finished the season 16-5, the best record in school history. Butch Foster was the ace of the pitching staff, recording 60 strike-outs in 40 innings work. Mike Maynard led the team with nine homeruns and 30 RBI's.
May 20, 1992: The Braves defeated Turner 7-1 for their second regional championship. Jason Lee had a huge game for the Braves. He pitched a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 11. At the plate, he was 3-for-5 with a homerun.
May 29, 1992: The Braves lost a heart-breaker in the opening round of the class 5A state tournament to El Dorado, 8-6 in eight innings. The Braves forced extra innings by scoring six runs in the bottom of the seventh. They sent 10 batters to the plate. They scored all six runs with two outs. Brandin Anderson got the offense started with a double. With two out, El Dorado walked four consecutive Braves. Pat Zamora and Greg Lee hit back-to-back doubles to lead Bonner Springs to extra innings.
April 30, 1993: Brandin Anderson threw the second no-hitter in Braves history against Turner. He struck out nine and walked two in the 5-0 victory.
May 18, 1993: The Braves won their second consecutive Regional championship, a 6-4 victory over class 4A rival Bishop Ward. Paul Meinke was the winning pitcher, a complete-game five-hitter. He struck out 12 Cyclones. The following week, the Braves lost in the opening round of the class 4A state tournament, 10-4 to Nickerson, who went on to claim the state title..
May 17, 1994: Bonner Springs claimed their third consecutive regional championship with a 1-0 victory over Sumner Academy. Steve Egnor and Scott Mathia combined for a two-hit shutout. Paul Meinke scored the Braves only run in the fourth inning off an RBI double by Mathia. The following week, the Braves lost in the opening round of the 5A state tournament to number one seed Shawnee Heights, 14-0.
April 24, 1995: Scott Mathia threw the third no-hitter in Braves history, a 2-0 victory over Turner. Mathia struck-out seven and walked two. The Braves scored their runs on RBI singles by Charlie Beets and Scott Shannon.
May 1999: Coach Doug Kapeller announces this will be his last year as the Braves coach. In his nine-year coaching career, he won 104 games. During Kapeller's tenure, he amassed more wins than any other coach in team history.
March 2000: Steve Cook becomes the fourth head coach in Bonner Springs history. He retired from coaching after the 2002 season when he was promoted to Assistant Principal at Bonner Springs High School. Cook's best season was 2000 when the Braves finished 11-10.
March 2003: Bonner Springs graduate Rick Moulin is named the fifth head coach in team history.
April 12, 2003: Bonner Springs High School, along with Basehor-Linwood, became the first high school teams in Kansas to participate in the Frank White Classic at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. The Braves lost the game, 16-3. They played in front of their biggest crowd ever, 1100 fans.
April 16, 2004: Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood participated in the Frank White Classic for the second consecutive year at Kauffman Stadium. The Bobcats defeated the Braves 7-4. Mike Pier hit a homerun for the Braves over the left field wall.
March 29, 2005: Josh Ova became the fourth pitcher in Bonner Springs history to throw a no-hitter. The Braves defeated Wyandotte 15-0 in three innings. Ova faced 10 hitters, striking out nine and allowing one walk in the season opener.
May 16, 2005: The Braves lost in regionals to Sumner Academy 7-6 in eight innings at Community America Park, home of the T-Bones.. Braves senior Keith Frazier hit the 13th homerun of his high school career, tying the all-time record with Jason Lee, Brian Jackson, and Shawn Hall.
April 4, 2006: The Braves swept Wyandotte 22-0 and 23-0. In the opener, Senior Jacob Nelson threw the first perfect game in Braves history. In the nightcap, freshman Chance Crawford followed suit with the second perfect game in team history. The opener lasted just three innings because of the run-spread rule and game two lasted just four innings.
April 6, 2006: Senior Patrick Redlin threw the third perfect game of the season, and the third in team history in an 18-0 three-inning victory over Atchison. Redlin recorded five strike-outs. It was the seventh no-hitter in team history.
May 6, 2006: The Braves defeated Basehor-Linwood at Kauffman Stadium, 7-2. Josh Palcher was the winning pitcher, yielding just two runs off of seven hits in 5.1 innings work. Patrick Redlin, Jacob Nelson, Willie Wilson, and Matt Rivera each had two hits for the Braves.
November 2011: Scott Lero is named seventh head coach in team history.
June 6 2012: Shawn Jones becomes first Brave to be selected 1st team All-State and play in KABC All-State game at Kansas State University.
June 16 2012: Gonzalo Pichardo becomes second Brave to be selected to All-State team. Voted to 2nd team as a designated hitter, Pichardo plays in 2nd Annual RBI Showcase at Community America.