Pioneers bounce back from Tuesday's loss to blast Olathe East

The beauty of baseball is that there is almost always a chance for redemption.

From striking out in a previous at-bat, to giving up a lead-off home run, the sport allows players to quickly make-up for recent mistakes.

After losing a 7-1 result Tuesday wherein its coach questioned his team's "fight", the Leavenworth baseball team responded in a fashion that made Pioneer manager Joe Allison proud.

Powered by a 10-run attack, Leavenworth blasted Olathe East 10-2 Wednesday.

"We got the lead first and we are a team that plays better when up," Allison said. "The seniors had a meeting with the players this morning and I saw a lot more involvement from everyone today."

Besides the scoring binge, the real key to the road win for LV was the performance of pitcher Danial Wilson. In his first start of the season, Wilson tossed six and 1/3 innings of two-run ball.

"Highlight of the day had to be what Danial did," Allison said. "For this to be his first start in a game this late in the season, it was a huge performance."

Dustin Zink closed out the win and also delivered a big double in the fourth inning that according to his coach, "blew open the game."

"He has been hitting really well for us lately," Allison said of Zink.

Leavenworth, 6-9, is scheduled to play at Shawnee Mission East Friday afternoon.