Big bats paved the way for Lansing; Immaculata loses a close one; Saint Mary continue to spiral
Big bats paved the way for a set of Lansing baseball victories Saturday.
To start, the Lions recorded runs in every inning after the second in game one to beat Bonner Springs 13-3. That contest was followed by a six-run sixth in game two that pushed the visitors to an 8-6 win.
"You could tell it was both clubs’ first game," Lansing coach Mike Williams said. "We were a little bit tight, but all-in-all we battled and were able to pull out two wins."
Jake Patton secured the win in the first game while Cole Muse was the pitcher of note in the second.
Lansing, 2-0, will host Bishop Ward today at 4 p.m.
"We got a lot to work on, but I won't complain about winning a ball game," Williams said.
Raiders one run short in slugfest
Offensively, the Immaculata baseball team was certainly ready to begin the new year.
Defensively, it was a different story. Opening the season at Heritage Christian Academy, the home team toppled the Raiders 12-11 in a contest that included several miscues by each squad's defense.
“It was very apparent that neither team had the opportunity to practice outside much this year,” Imac coach Met Metivier said. “The coaches need to do a better job getting the team ready and we will make the changes to ensure we are ready.”
Connor Goetz started the game on the mound for the Raiders, allowing nine runs ― just three earned ― in three innings. Tanier Kerrigan followed with three innings, which included three unearned runs and six strikeouts.
Heritage got multiple runs in every inning from the second to the fifth, while a seventh-run third frame paced Imac.
The visitors posted two runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 11-9 advantage, but the home squad answered with three and never relinquished the advantage from there on.
“Our focus on using the speed and athleticism was critical in all of our scoring,” Metivier said. “We scored 11 runs on only six hits.”
Sean Murray led the way offensively with a 2-for-2 effort including two walks, two steals and three RBIs. Jaxon Qualley was 2-for-3, one run scored and two RBIs.
Immaculata, 0-1, will host McLouth Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
“We showed potential for scoring runs and optimizing our offensive potential,” the Raiders coach said. “Our defense will be the emphasis this week.”
Only one win at home this weekend for Saint Mary
The rough patch continues for the Saint Mary baseball team.
After opening this weekend's home series against McPherson with a 9-2 victory, USM dropped its next three ― a 10-1 result against its visitors and then a pair of losses, 10-1 and 2-1, Monday versus Tabor.
The trio of defeats bumps the Spires to 2-10 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play, 9-18 overall, and into a tie for last place within the league.
By far the best game of the last few days came on Saturday when the squad won 9-2. Stephen Malisa was the pitcher of record after allowing three hits and one run while Joe Haak went 2-for-4 (RBI) and Travis Quick was 2-for-3 (three RBI).
However, the victory was short lived when USM mustered only three runs over the next three games.
Just 2-6 over its last eight contests, the Spires will play at Friends University Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.