The early part of the 2018 season for the Leavenworth High School baseball team has been a struggle due to a number of missing bodies.

The Pioneers fell 11-1 Saturday at the Sports Field Park to Shawnee Mission North in a make-up game from March 24 and the extra week did not come in handy as coach Joe Allison deals with the suspensions of four players due to a violation of team and school rules.

“Shawnee Mission North jumped on top 5-1 early and it deflated us,” Allison said. “They hit the ball well today and we just couldn't get anything going. We are climbing a big hill and we are going to need more energy than we brought today. We will keep working and get better.”

The Pioneers (0-4) got one hit from five different players and one of them by Kruz Wahwahsuck, who scored the lone LVHS run in the bottom of the first inning on a groundout by Christian Torres.

 

Spires earn big sweep

The Saint Mary baseball team swept a three-game series at home against Sterling against one of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (KCAC) landmark programs.

The Spires (13-17, 9-12) took game one on Friday 14-7 and swept a doubleheader on Saturday by scores of 6-2 and 3-2.

In the first game on Friday, Zack Novis earned the win tossing six innings and allowing seven runs on 10 hits. He struck out four and walked two. 

Novis departed with an 8-7 lead and Alfredo Silva entered to pitch three scoreless innings and earn the save. Silva struck out four and walked one while allowing just two hits.

Daunte Freeman's solo home run ignited a five-run, second inning for the Spires and would finish the day 3-for-5 at the plate scoring three runs and driving in one. 

Dylan Carrender was also 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Shun Tsunoda, Andrew Berry and Jarret Goss each had two hits. 

Saint Mary finished with 14 runs on 15 hits and 12 RBI in the win.

Saturday featured two dominant pitching performances from the Spires. Matt Weis pitched the first game and tossed a complete, nine-inning game allowing just one earned run, striking out 10 with no walks. 

Juan Gallardo, Sam Miller, Freeman, Tsunoda and Carrender each had two hits. Gallardo had two doubles and two RBI. Miller also had two RBI.

In the series finale, Mike Amado tossed a complete game to wrap a dominant USM performance on the bump. 

Amado struck out 12 and walked two while issuing just three hits in the win. 

After Saint Mary took a 2-0 lead, Sterling scored two runs to tie the game in the fourth. Amado would put up zeros the rest of the way as the game went into the eighth inning. 

After Freeman led off the eighth inning with a walk, David Ramirez sent a pinch hit, RBI single to center with two outs to give Saint Mary the 3-2 walk-off victory.

Tsunoda paced the offense with two hits, a run and an RBI. 

Saint Mary will be back in action Wednesday when they host Avila at 2 p.m. in a nine-inning game.

 

USM softball sweeps Kansas Wesleyan

The University of Saint Mary softball team earned a road sweep of Kansas Wesleyan in a doubleheader in Salina on Saturday, winning 6-5 and 9-0.

USM (10-23, 3-3) saw Samantha Torres continue to pitch well for the Spires in the first game of the doubleheader as she tossed a complete game that went extra innings and earned the win. 

She allowed five runs on 11 hits while striking out four and walking two. 

Kansas Wesleyan would get to Torres for two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead, but Saint Mary tied the game with two runs of their own in the top of the third.

Cassidy Harbert's two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth would give Saint Mary the lead again and the Spires held on as Torres tossed a clean bottom half of the inning for the win.

In game two, Paige Siewert tossed her best game of the season going four innings and shutting out the Coyotes. 

Katlyn Schiefen tossed one scoreless inning in relief. Harbert paced the offense with three hits. Maddie Barron added two as the Spires scored nine runs on 10 hits.

The softball team will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Tabor at 1 p.m. The Blue Jays are 14-15 overall and 6-2 in KCAC play.

 

USM men’s LAX earns two big wins

The No. 10 Saint Mary men's lacrosse team improved to 7-2 with two road wins this past weekend. 

The Spires earned a 10-7 win over No. 9 Missouri Baptist on Friday night and followed that with a 20-0 rout of Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday.

After Missouri Baptist jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Spires found themselves down 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. 

Five unanswered goals for Saint Mary in the second quarter turned the tables and gave the Spires a 6-3 lead at halftime. Missouri Baptist would pull within one by the end of the third quarter, but the Spires would shut them out in the final frame and pull away for the 10-7 victory.

Billy Dineen led the offense with three goals and two assists. Matthew Waeckerle matched Dineen in goals with three and added an assist.

Tyler French contributed two goals, while Cory Wunderlich and Seth Fraizer each had one goal. Zander Smith played all 60 minutes in goal and would make 18 saves and staved off Missouri Baptist as they outshot Saint Mary 39-27 in the game.

The Spires used Friday night's momentum to dominate on Saturday against Lindenwood-Belleville. Smith posted his first shutout of the season in the 20-0 victory. 

Luke Fogo won 15 of 22 faceoffs in the win. Dineen again led the way offensively, this time with seven goals and four assists. Wunderlich scored five goals, while Waeckerle would add three. 

Brandon Newman had a team-high seven ground balls.

The men's lacrosse team will be back in action on Wednesday against Ottawa at 7 p.m. in Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium. 

Saint Mary will look to improve their 1-0 record in KCAC play. Ottawa is 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in KCAC play.