Small details cost Pleasant Ridge against Riverside; Immaculata, Saint Mary enjoy sweeps; Leavenworth, Lansing suffer losses
It were the minor details that tripped up Pleasant Ridge Monday.
Hosting Riverside, Rams baseball saw a missed throw here, a base-running mistake there prove costly as the squad lost 2-1 and 12-10 to its visitors.
“Two completely different games that had some of the same issues,” PR coach Mike Koontz said. “One had good pitching, but we have to find a way to make smarter baseball decisions.
“Game two was good offense, but again, we made some mistakes that cost us the game.”
Logan McKinney took the hard-knock pitching loss in game one, while Brad Yontz suffered the pitching defeat in game two.
McKinney did stroke a three-run home run in the second contest for Ridge's offensive highlight of the day. Later in the game, he hit a solo shot.
Pleasant Ridge will be at McLouth Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
Raiders take two from ACCHS
It wasn't the prettiest baseball Monday, but after two wins, Immaculata will take it.
In a doubleheader that included numerous walks, passed balls and steals, the Raiders tripped up visiting ACCHS 9-8 in extra innings and then 16-6 in five.
“I think the key is that the players are learning what it takes to win,” Imac coach Met Metivier said. “They never feel like they are out, even when they are down. Tonight wasn't the best baseball by any means, but they just have developed a feel that somehow they are going to win.”
Sean Murray picked up the pitching win in game one thanks to three quality innings of relief while Connor Goetz recorded the five-frame, complete game victory in contest No. 2.
Marcus Telesco had a three-run RBI double in the second contest while Paul Lednicky contributed a clutch two-out RBI single in the first.
Immaculata, 4-1, will be at Heritage Christian Friday.
Pioneers fall at Free State
Slumbering bats continued to haunt the Leavenworth baseball team on Monday.
While the squad received a complete game performance from starting pitcher Judson Cole, wherein he allowed just four runs, the Pioneers could only scratch out one hit versus Lawrence Free State.
That lack of offense led to a 4-0 loss at the hands of its host.
“Outside of Saturday's games against Topeka, we have just not been hitting like we can,” LV coach Joe Allison said. “Like any sport, you start to press and lose confidence. It's the most fun part of the game and we are missing out on that, so we are going to work hard to improve it.”
On Saturday, the Pioneers knocked off visiting Topeka 11-3 and 4-1. Billy Harrah and James Gladieux pitched well to begin both games and were rewarded with victories for their efforts.
Leavenworth, 4-4 overall, will host Mill Valley Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Spires sweep away Ottawa
Four games in two days brought nothing but positives for the Saint Mary baseball team.
On Saturday, the Spires toppled host Ottawa University 7-6 and 4-1 before finishing the sweep off on Sunday with 1-0 and 5-4 victories at home.
The four-game win streak has USM tied for fifth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with an 8-12 mark, 15-22 overall. Saint Mary will host Bethany College Thursday at 1 p.m.
Lansing defeated twice in challenge
Competing in the Kaw Valley League/Frontier League Challenge this weekend, the Lansing baseball team was upended twice.
First, the squad lost 7-4 to Gardner on Friday before suffering a 13-4 defeat to Ottawa on Saturday.
Lansing will host Turner today at 4 p.m.