It had been three weeks since the Leavenworth baseball team last took the field against an opponent.
That changed Tuesday, though the side effects of the lay-off certainly lingered.
Following a four-run first inning by visiting Olathe South, Leavenworth clawed back to make it 4-2 in the fourth. But three more runs by the Falcons delivered the Pioneers its first loss of the year — a 7-2 defeat.
“I saw a lot of good things, but you could tell we hadn't played in awhile,” LV coach Joe Allison said. “We walked the first batter and then spotted them four runs in the first inning. We never could recover after that.”
James Gladiuex suffered the pitching loss, tossing four innings while allowing four runs. Offensively, the team received RBIs from Judson Cole and Michael Baillergeon, and Zach Harris accounted for two of Leavenworth's six hits.
The Pioneers, 1-1, will host Shawnee Mission North Thursday at William Jewell College. The game starts at 4:30 p.m.
“We played a bad game and lost by five, so that's a positive takeaway,” Allison said. “We just have to get back to work to make up for the lost time.”
Pitching gem downs Lansing
It wasn't until a Scott Hattok single in the bottom of the seventh that Lansing recorded its first hit Tuesday.
The drive brought in Cole Muse, who reached on a walk. But that was all the Lions could muster against Bishop Ward, losing 5-1 to its visitors.
“Our young guys got to see what baseball is all about,” Lansing coach Mike Williams said. “Their pitcher is going to play Division I ball and he showed why.”
The game itself was a pitchers' duel for much of the evening. Lions starter Stephen Schaefer threw a complete game, but four unearned runs in the sixth and one unearned score in the seventh gave Ward a 5-0 advantage.
Lansing rallied in the bottom of the seventh to stave off the no-hitter and shut out, but that was it.
“We held our composure for the most part,” Williams said. “We started five sophomores, who faced a great pitcher and we were in it until the end. I'll take that.”
The Lions, 2-1, will host Basehor today beginning at 4 p.m.
Rams out slug Redman
With the offensive power of a tornado, the Pleasant Ridge baseball team opened up its season late Monday night.
In a doubleheader at Atchison, the squad posted 35 runs over the course of two seven-inning games. During bout one, PR won 19-13 thanks to a 10-run seventh inning and contest No. 2 saw an eight-run second inning pace the club to a 16-8 victory.
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