Hayes Edwards is the fastest player on the Leavenworth High School baseball team.
And he put that foot speed to good use against Lansing High School Friday night at Sports Field Park.
With the game knotted at 12 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Edwards tagged up and dashed home from third base on a shallow fly ball to center by Aubrey Wright, giving the Pioneers a 13-12 come-from-behind victory over the Lions.
The Pioneers rushed onto the field in celebration after the thrilling win.
“How great is this for the two communities?” said Leavenworth coach Joe Allison. “Great game, Friday night, under the lights, the fans were great, what a night.”
Leavenworth scored three runs in the last inning to seal the victory.
Lansing had taken an 11-10 lead in the top of the sixth, then went up by two runs in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by Jayden Raymond.
That set up the late comeback victory for the Pioneers, who got the win on a sacrifice fly.
“That ball seemed to hang up there forever,” Allison said. “It was borderline shallow. The fans were as quiet as they were all night, waiting to see if I was going to send Hayes. He’s the fastest kid on our team, and he got a good jump and slid in.”
The Pioneers banged out nine hits, including three each by Ja’Hawn Byrd and Dylan McLain.
McLain had three RBI while Byrd, Wright and Chase Broeker each knocked in two runs.
Lansing finished with 12 hits, including a two-run home run by Elliott Wilk and Raymond’s seventh-inning blast.