Offense explodes out of slump for eight-run outpouring against Shawnee Mission South; Immaculata passes big litmus test; Saint Mary's season ends and Lansing falls to Mill Valley
The slide is over.
With its 8-0 shutout of Shawnee Mission South Monday, wherein the club was finally able to shake an offensive slump, the Leavenworth baseball team broke its six-game losing streak.
“Eli Keppler got on to start the game and then we got two quick outs,” LV coach Joe Allison said. “So it was almost was like here we go again. But then Zach Harris smacked his first home run of the year and it took the pressure off.”
Following that dinger, the Pioneers added six more runs including a third-inning Micheal Baillergeon home run to pull away from its hosts.
Judson Cole pitched five scoreless innings, followed by shutout frames from Dustin Zink and Jose Cardenas in relief.
“Judson was throwing exceptionally hard today,” Allison said. “Not that he hasn't pitched well this year, but today his control was there and it was coming in at another level.”
Leavenworth, 5-8, will host Shawnee Mission Northwest at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
Raiders have 'banner' day
Coaches often label the type of contests Immaculata experienced Monday as measuring stick games.
Facing the No. 6 team in Class 2-1A, Valley Falls, the Raiders were going to find out just where they stood among the state's best. Turns out, they fit right in.
Thanks to outstanding pitching performances from Jarret McCall and Connor Goetz, the Raiders defeated its visitors twice by the same score, 3-2.
“The pitching, the defense, the clutch hitting; it was all phenomenal,” Imac coach Met Metivier said. “This is the best doubleheader we've ever played as a team.”
With McCall (11 total strikeouts) and Goetz (10 total strikeouts) dealing on the mound, the Raiders' offense manufactured just enough runs to win. Of the team's six runs on the day, five of them came off sacrifice flies.
“It was your basic get them on, get them over, get them in,” Metivier said. “We had three defensive errors the entire day and that was it. Everyone was money.”
Immaculata, 7-4, will be at Maur Hill Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. matchup.
Spires' season comes to close
During the second week of February, the Saint Mary baseball team began its 2013 campaign by losing three of its first four games.
Unfortunately for USM, the squad went out the same way it came into this season.
Over the weekend, the Spires lost 8-3 and 6-2 at home to Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the squad won 8-5 before losing 7-1 on the road at Wesleyan.
The defeats marked the end of the Saint Mary 2013 season, with the team finishing seventh in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and out of the league's postseason tournament.
USM was 10-18 in league play this year, 17-28 overall.
Lansing swept by Mill Valley
Monday did not go well for the Lions on the baseball diamond.
In a home doubleheader, Lansing was first beat 12-0 by visiting Mill Valley and then 15-2 in game two.
Lansing will host Piper Thursday at 4 p.m.