The Lansing Lions got a strong pitching performance from Bradi Basler and outlasted Bishop Ward 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
Basler, a junior right-hander, scattered five hits and struck out 13 in the complete-game effort to help the Lions record the Kaw Valley League victory.
Basler held the Cyclones hitless through the first three innings until Mary Fox delivered a clean single to right.
The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Jaeda McFarland led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Riley Phillips.
McFarland started a two-out rally in the third with a double to left-center. Phillips followed with an RBI triple to right.
Chaise Miller then singled in a run before Basler came through with an RBI double to left-center.
That’s all the runs the Lions could muster against Fox, who pitched effectively as well.
The Cyclones got back into the game with a two-run sixth inning, scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Mia Myers.
Fox allowed six hits, struck out seven and did not allow a walk.
She got out of bases loaded jam in the sixth inning with back to back strikeouts to keep the game within reach.
But Basler retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to preserve the one-run victory.
In the nightcap, Cayleigh Berry belted a two-run homer to centerfield to lead the Lions to a 12-2 run-rule win in five innings.
McFarland, Phillips and Maddie Foster each had inside the park homers for the Lions.
McFarland finished with three hits.
Asa Solomon pitched all five innings for Lansing.
The Lansing program celebrated senior night between games and honored senior Kenadee Sommerla.
“She has played for us for four years,” coach Rachel Milnark said. “She has been a great asset to our team. She is a really good leader and plays aggressively.”
Milnark said Sommerla would like to play at the collegiate level and is looking at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Lansing will compete in the Sunflower Festival on Saturday in Shawnee. The Lions will play Shawnee Mission Northwest and Lawrence Free State.