Three times during the third inning, Pleasant Ridge pitcher Logan McKinney retreated to the back of the mound.
There, he wielded a small plastic scraper from his back-pocket, which he used to dig into the bottom of his cleats. Chunks of mud scattered to the earth as the right-hander cleaned out his spikes and moments later, he was back on the bump ready to deliver.
That scene was just a snippet of the wet and muddy conditions the Rams and Immaculata competed in Monday at Sportsfield. Though, despite being shrouded in the dirt and grim, the two rivals played perhaps their cleanest games of the season.
“Two very well-played games by both teams,” Imac coach Met Metivier said. “I was impressed by how both teams were able to make plays in pretty difficult conditions. Very clean, quick games.”
The squads were so efficient that a true winner couldn't be decided. Pleasant Ridge won game one 8-4 while Immaculata secured game two 5-3.
The first bout saw Logan McKinney out-duel Jarret McCall on the mound while Connor Goetz displaced Sean Spurlock in game two. Raider Sean Murray recorded the save.
“Just good pitching, timely hitting and good defense,” Metivier said. “I was impressed by each team.”
Imac, 5-3, will host Troy at 4:30 p.m. Thursday while Pleasant Ridge, 4-3, will be at ACCHS for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
Lions suffer three-run loss
While pitcher Cole Muse kept the Lansing baseball team in contention Monday, the Lions' bats could not follow suit.
Muse allowed five Bishop Ward runs over six innings, yet Lansing could only muster two runs in a 5-2 defeat.
“We didn't take care of the baseball tonight,” Lansing coach Mike Williams said. “Cole pitched great and did everything we asked of him, but we couldn't back him up.”
Brad Brown went 3-for-4 offensively for the Lions while Tanner King was 2-for-4.
Lansing, 5-5, will host Tonganoxie today at 4 p.m.
Pioneers' slide hits four
The current losing streak the Leavenworth baseball team finds itself in has swollen to four.
Over the weekend, the Pioneers competed in the River City Classic where the club dropped a 9-5 result to Raymore-Peculiar and then a 8-5 decision to Lee's Summit West,
Leavenworth, 4-6, will try to snap out of its funk today when it plays at Shawnee Mission South. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
Saint Mary loses three to Bethany
In a pivotal series with Bethany College this weekend, the Saint Mary baseball team was only able to squeeze out one win in four tries.
Page 2 of 2 - Bethany pulled out 1-0 and 2-1 wins on Saturday before smoking the Spires on Sunday 17-2. USM did salvage the final contest in the four-game set 12-2.
USM is now 9-15 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, 16-25 overall, and finds itself sixth in the league standings.
Saint Mary will host Kansas Wesleyan Friday beginning at 2 p.m.