The Lansing Lions began a busy week of baseball Monday night against Gardner-Edgerton, and had a fighting chance to rally for the win in the last inning, but the Blazers held on for a 9-7 non-league victory.
The Lions got the tying runs at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Zavier Morin got a strikeout to end the comeback bid.
“We had a swing at it in the last inning,” Lansing coach Mike Basler said. “But that’s just baseball.”
Lansing celebrated two players on senior night after the game. Alex Russell and Elliot Wilk were honored by Basler and the Lions’ program.
Monday’s loss dropped the Lions to 8-8 on the season and kick-started a busy week on the diamond. The Lions will travel to Piper for a doubleheader Tuesday then host Basehor-Linwood in a doubleheader on Wednesday in a pair of Kaw Valley League showdowns.
Lansing will hope to get back on the winning track after Monday night’s loss. The Lions banged out 10 hits in the game. Wilk, Russell and Claye Howard each had two hits.
“I thought we swung the bats really well tonight,” Basler said. “We got some two-out hits.”
Basler praised the efforts of Lansing starter Tyler Aiken, who allowed three runs on five hits in five innings.
“Tyler threw really well,” he said. “He was throwing a lot of strikes.”
The Lions took a 6-3 lead in the fifth inning. Russell had a run-scoring single and Dakota Sill drew a bases-loaded walk. But the Blazers used a big sixth inning to take the lead for good.
Morin drove in a run with a single and Hayden Dyer knocked in another on a groundout. Dayvin Johnson delivered the big blow in the inning, belting a three-run homer that put the Blazers on top 8-6. They added another run in the top of the seventh.
“They had that big inning and got some barrels on balls,” Basler said.
The Lions had a chance in the bottom of the seventh. Russell singled and scored on a groundout by Logan Barnard. An error and a walk led to runners being on second and third with two outs, but Morin got the big strikeout to end the threat.
Tyler Henry and Dyer each had three hits for the Blazers.