Pioneers jump on Lions early to capture 2013 bragging rights
In their final game of the 2013 regular season, two local rivals met on the baseball diamond Friday to decide who would hold bragging rights for the upcoming year.
With a packed crowded draped in both red and blue as its backdrop, it was Leavenworth who seized an early advantage in that quest.
Following an eight-run second inning, the Pioneers went on to snatch the annual grudge match versus Lansing by cruising to a 13-1 victory.
“Take a look at the stands and it's just awesome for both schools,” Leavenworth coach Joe Allison said.
“It's awesome for both communities too. Lansing's field is phenomenal and the weather was great as well, so it was a perfect day for baseball.”
It started perfect for both teams, after each held the other at bay in a scoreless opening frame. However, the top of second saw Lions start Jake Patton lose his control and soon the lead.
After a series of hit batters and walks, the Pioneers used several singles to plate eight runs, which was all LV starting pitcher Danial Wilson needed.
Wilson allowed just one run over four innings to leave with a 9-1 advantage to his name.
From there, LV added one in the fifth and three in the sixth for the double-digit victory.
“We are more senior-laden this year than them so we had an upper hand going in,” Allison said.
“Danial Wilson on one-and-a-half day's rest threw about 50 pitches and was great. And Zach Harris was also great behind the plate and with the bat.”
The Pioneers out hit the Lions 11-4, with Harris and Eli Keppler both recording two hits a piece. Harris and Sam Miller finished with three RBIs and Keppler added two more.
Lansing got two hits from Stephen Schafer and its lone RBI from Scott Hattok. Patton suffered the pitching loss.
Leavenworth, 8-12, and the Lions, 5-13, now await their official regional tournament assignments, which will be released today.
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