Mother Nature was the victor for much of the local sports schedule on Wednesday, including the University of Saint Mary baseball game at Kansas.
The Spires were slated to play the Jayhawks at 6 p.m. Wednesday, but persistent rain throughout the day forced a cancellation of the game.
“It’s been a crappy year with the weather,” USM baseball coach Rob Miller said. “It is what it is. … It’s disappointing. The kids were looking forward to going over there and playing them.”
The Spires open a three-game series Saturday at Tabor. They will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single nine-inning game Sunday.
Lansing sweeps Bishop Ward
Lansing got a walk-off base hit in the eighth inning from Jayden Raymond to record a 5-4 victory, then had a late-game rally for an 11-7 win in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over Bishop Ward.
“I thought we really battled hard tonight and created opportunities for ourselves when we needed to late in both games,” coach Michael Basler said in an email.
In the opener, the Lions rallied to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning before winning in the eighth.
“I thought our top of the lineup set the table and really had quality at-bats all night long,” Basler said. “Jayden Raymond capped the night off with a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth, driving in Tre Pledger for the winning run.”
Dakota Sill led the Lions with three hits while Peyton Basler and Raymond each had two.
In the second game, the Lions rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to the 11-7 win.
“I was really happy with the pitching performance of Max Romine and Caleb Adams late in game two,” Basler said. “Both entered the game in tough situations and made big-time pitches to keep us in a position for the win.”
Raymond and Adams each had two hits. Raymond and Claye Howard each had three RBI.
LVHS falls 5-0 to Olathe South
Olathe South scored four goals in the second half and came away with a 5-0 victory over Leavenworth in girls’ soccer action.
“Leavenworth played an excellent first half against a very good team,” said coach Derek Wilson in an email. “They broke down a little in the second half as Olathe South had some very good finishes. We had some chances of our own but couldn’t put them away.”
The University of Saint Mary men’s lacrosse team opens play in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday against St. Ambrose at Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium.
The Spires bring in a record of 9-5 overall. St. Ambrose is 8-6.
The other first-round game in the four-team field is Missouri Valley (6-4) against Benedictine (8-6).
The winners play at 1 p.m. Saturday for the conference title. The winner advances to the national tournament May 9-12 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The KCAC women’s tournament will also begin Thursday at USM. But the USM women’s team did not qualify for the tournament.