Rams secure road win while Leavenworth, Immaculata both lose at home

It was a series with two stories.

In game one at ACCHS, the Pleasant Ridge baseball team cruised by its host with a 15-8 win. However, contest No. 2 saw the Rams blow a six-run lead to fall 16-15.

“Up six runs and we start kicking the ball around,” PR coach Mike Koontz said.
“I'm glad we won the first game, but we have to learn to make routine plays. We gave up extra outs all day and it cost us, maybe 14 unearned runs in that second game. We have to eliminate that.”

Brad Yontz was the winning pitcher in game one for Pleasant Ridge while Ethan Chain experienced the defeat in game two.

Jason Simonis and Sean Spurlock both smacked out home runs during the contests, the latter finishing with a multi-hit performance.

PR, 5-5, hosts Troy Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Tough times continue for LV
Things went from bad to worse for the Leavenworth baseball team.

Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Pioneers hosted Olathe Northwest Thursday at the brand new stadium on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus.

Yet, the new surroundings did little to shake the boys in blue out of their funk.

The team dropped the contest by a 13-4 result.

“Northwest is a pretty good team,” LV coach Joe Allison said. “They came out and hit the ball from the get-go. We played decent defense, but they just smoked everything.”

Offensively, Eli Keppler was a triple away from hitting for the cycle after spanking his first home run of the year while Michael Baillergon also had a multi-hit day for the Pioneers.

“Those two are hitting the cover off the ball,” Allison said. “If we can get a few guys to join them, we will be back in the win column.”

Leavenworth, 4-8, will play at Lansing today at 6 p.m.

“We have a lot of potential that we still haven't reached yet,” Allison said. "We are starting to run out of time to do that, so we need to start soon... hopefully tomorrow.”

Raiders beaten at home
A terrible start could never be rectified Thursday by the Immaculata baseball team.

The Raiders allowed 12 runs in the first two innings and faced a 14-0 deficit before battling back to lose 14-8.

“We spot them a 14-0 lead and came back to make it competitive,” Imac coach Met Metivier said. “But you can't give up 14 runs and expect to win.”

While Metivier didn't highlight any offensive players, he did like the performance pitcher Jaxon Qualley gave in relief. The hurler allowed two runs over five innings.

Immaculata, 5-4, will host Doniphan West in a Saturday doubleheader that will begin at 9:30 a.m.