The Lansing Lions got the victory over rival Leavenworth, winning 10-3 on Tuesday.
The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Leavenworth answered with a run in the bottom of the third but Lansing responded with a run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth. The Pioneers added two more runs in the seventh for the 10-3 final.
The Lions were led by Dakota Sill’s three hits on the night. Caleb Adams, Bryce Turner, Dylan McLain, Claye Howard and Jake Jardon all recorded a hit.
Tyler Robinson led Leavenworth with two hits. Steele Sadler, Robert McKinley and Christian Torres each had a hit.
McLain pitched five innings for the Lions, allowing three hits and one run with six strikeouts. Adams came in for relief for two innings, allowing two hits, two runs and two strikeouts.
Eric Harding pitched four innings for the Pioneers, allowing three hits, four runs and five strikeouts. Jackson Nicodemus came in for relief to pitch three innings. He allowed six hits, six runs and one strikeout.
Pioneers head coach Justin Bode said the Pioneers combining for eight walks and five errors was the difference. He also credited Lions coach Michael Basler and the Lansing team.
“The credit goes to coach Basler and his Lansing team,” Bode said. “He has that team playing with a confidence and a swagger right now that is noticeable when they take the field. Offensively they are tough outs from the top to the bottom of their lineup. Their pitchers execute pitches, they minimize mistakes defensively and capitalize on the mistakes we made. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game.”
Bode said he is convinced that the team is better than what they are showing. He said the staff is looking for ways to get the players to reach their potential.
Lansing returns to action on Thursday when they play in a tournament at 3&2 West Complex. The Lions face St. Thomas Aquinas at 4 p.m.
Leavenworth will play again at 3&2 West Complex on Friday against Lincoln College Prep at 4 p.m. Bode said this was a late addition to the schedule after a canceled game earlier this year.
“I do not know much about Lincoln College Prep,” Bode said, “other than that they are currently 6-0 and are scoring an average of 18 runs a game, so we had better figure some things out these next two days of practice.”