Pitching gem enables Lansing to split with Bears

Tuesday was cloudy, cold and windy — just a terrible day to try and hit a baseball. So Lansing pitcher Cole Muse took advantage.

The Lions' starter hurled six and 1/3 innings of one-run ball against visiting Turner, which enabled Lansing to pull out a 3-1 game one victory.

"He did what we asked him to do," Lansing coach Mike Williams said of Muse. "We played good defense behind him, he pitched good and we won a good ball game."

The three runs for the home team came in the second inning thanks to RBI hits from Brock Knipfer and Krystian Abbott.

Muse sailed from there, with the help of some great defensive plays behind him.

In the final frame, Muse got one out before two reached, leading to Brad Brown replacing him.

Brown allowed a runner to score on a wild pitch in between two walks, yet buckled down to get the final two outs for the save.

In game two, Lansing lost 5-4. Stephen Schafer took the pitching loss, which was plagued with several key errors by the home team.

"Stephen threw well, we just had three major defensive letdowns that proved costly," Williams said. "We let one get away today."

The Lions, 5-6, will be at Bishop Ward Monday for a 3 p.m. contest.