The Leavenworth and Lansing baseball teams both participated in a tournament hosted by De Soto over the weekend.
The Pioneers used a big first inning to take care of Lincoln College Prep in the tournament on Friday 16-5.
The Pioneers’ offense scored 10 runs in the first inning and the team capitalized on miscues from Lincoln during the game with their hitting and base running. Leavenworth ended up with 20 stolen bases on the night.
Steele Sadler started the game on the mound for Leavenworth. Sadler gave up two runs and two hits in his inning of pitching. Robert McKinley and Devon Bruning closed out the game for Leavenworth, combining to allow only three runs in the final five innings.
Sadler also went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Wesley Redelberger was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Ja’Hawn Byrd was 1-for-3 with an RBI. McKinley was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Davin Bailey, Dylan Shaw and Christian Torres all went 1-for-2 with an RBI each.
Head coach Justin Bode said the Pioneers closed out the game with everyone getting an opportunity to play and nonstarters were able to get varsity experience.
After the win, Redelberger said the game was a roller coaster but it was a great team effort.
“It was a roller coaster game,” Redelberger said. “There were highs and lows but the end result was what we needed. Great team effort.”
Jake Johnson said it was a good win but the team will need to be ready for upcoming games.
“It was a good team win,” Johnson said. “But we need to be ready to compete in the upcoming games this week.”
The Pioneers host the Turner Golden Bears at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sportsfield.
Lansing spent Thursday through Saturday playing in the tournament.
The Lions dropped the first game to St. Thomas Aquinas 8-4 on Thursday. Caleb Adams had two hits and Garrett Bull had a hit and two RBI for the Lions. Bryce Turner pitched 3.2 shutout innings in relief.
The Lions fell on Friday to Gardner-Edgerton 15-7. Peyton Basler and Jayden Raymon had multiple hits each or the Lions in the loss. Head coach Michael Basler said pitcher Logan Barnard had four strong innings on the mound.
The Lions got back on the winning side Saturday in a 7-2 victory over Ottawa. Basler said Caleb Adams was “really good” at the plate and on the mound, picking up the win to improve to 2-0 pitching. Adams also went 3-for-4 with a triple. Tyler Akin and Claye Howard each had a double in the game.
“Our offense did a good job of keeping the pressure on Ottawa,” Basler said, “and getting base runners on every inning but one.”
The Lions return home to host Veritas Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m.