For six innings Tuesday, the Lansing baseball team played as equals with visiting Piper.
Yet, in the seventh and final frame, everything unraveled for the Lions. A walk followed by two hits and error allowed four Pirate runs to scoot in.
Lansing then saw two of its own reach in the bottom half of the inning, though that was all the team could muster in what became a 7-3 defeat.
“I thought we played well,” Lansing coach Mike Williams said. “We hung in there and competed, but it was the same old story with a different chapter. Walks and errors hurt us late.”
Game two saw Piper explode for nine runs in the opening two innings. From there, Lansing never could mount a rally.
“Brock (Knipfer) pitched really good for us in relief, coming in the second and finishing it out,” Williams said. “Besides that, we just couldn't get hits at all.”
The Lions coach did highlight Nick Burgoon, who collected clutch hits in both games according to Williams.
Lansing, 5-12, will host Leavenworth Friday at 6 p.m.
Rams rock Doniphan West
A blow out and a come-from-behind win sent the Pleasant Ridge faithful home happy Tuesday.
Against Doniphan West, the Rams baseball team dismantled its guests 16-1 before using a Logan McKinney three-run home run to walk away 6-5 winners in game two.
“Resiliency,” PR coach Mike Koontz said. “We led that whole game and to see them find a way to come back after getting down in the final inning was really nice to see.”
“In that first game, up and down the lineup we just hit the baseball.”
Game one saw Ridge club five home runs, two from Adam Patterson with the rest coming from McKinney, Jason
Simonis and Nate Amos. McKinney and Jacob Rush recorded the pitching wins for Ridge.
PR, 7-9, will be at McLouth Thursday at 4:30 p.m.