The Leavenworth soccer team defeated the Lansing Lions 8-0 at Lansing Tuesday to take both games in the season against their crosstown rival.

Leavenworth jumped out early with two quick scores. Alexis Cole would assist Kaylee Shaw for the first goal of the game. Brooke Collins would assist Sydney Howell a minute later to give Leavenworth a 2-0 lead.

Lansing’s defense would toughen up and keep the Pioneers out of the net until nine minutes remaining in the half when Shaw assisted Collins. Seven minutes later, Alexis Roan assisted Cole to go up 4-0 at halftime.

Leavenworth would add their fifth goal six minutes into the second half when Collins scored her second goal in the game via an assist from Adri Carnoali. 

Cole would score her second goal assisted by Sadie Dipman in the 21st minute before Dipman would score on an assist from Cole a minute later. Cole would score her third goal on an assist from Roan to make it 8-0.

“It was a good game for us,” Pioneers coach Greg Ruff said. “We improved from the first game and controlled the tempo of the game with our possession and ball movement. I think we had 40-plus shots on goal and we still have the same issues as in past games of composure in front of goal. I thought Julia Mullins for Lansing had a great game and made some great saves tonight but we also shot too many shots at her. However, to her credit, she did what she had to do and saved them. We go to Turner, and we hope to keep improving and move our record to 7-5 on Thursday night.”

Lions head coach Ashley Wilcox said the game was filled with growth compared to the last time the two teams met.

"There were multiple moments where growth could be seen as a whole and as individuals compared to the last time we faced Leavenworth," Wilcox said. "With lots of girls playing positions they aren’t necessarily comfortable in, we have multiple utility players out there. This makes it a season where growth is key to our continued success even if the record says otherwise."

Leavenworth will play Turner at 6 p.m. Lansing will remain at home to host De Soto at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats faced De Soto on Tuesday. The Bobcats would fall 10-0 to the Wildcats. Basehor-Linwood will travel to Shawnee Heights on Thursday. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

 

Baseball

The Lansing Lions defeated the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats 5-3 in the Lions’ first game played at the new baseball field at Lansing High School Tuesday night.

The Bobcats got on the board first when Carter Bergman scored in the first.

Lansing would score three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead before the Bobcats would answer with two more runs in the fourth to tie the game.

Bryce Turner would break the tie in the fifth when he drove in Peyton Basler. Dylan McLain would hit a sacrifice fly and get Dakota Sill in to take a 5-3 lead and the Lions would hold on for the win.

McLain took the victory on the mound, allowing three runs, a hit with three strikeouts. Caleb Adams would throw two innings in relief, allowing a hit and two strikeouts.

Chase Torkelson took the loss, allowing four hits, four runs with five strikeouts before Matthew McKnight threw two innings in relief. McKnight allowed a hit, a run and had four strikeouts.

Turner led the Lions with two hits. McKnight was the lone player to get hits for the Bobcats.

The two teams continued play Wednesday at Basehor-Linwood High School.

The Leavenworth Pioneers hosted Emporia in a doubleheader Tuesday.

The Pioneers would sweep the Spartans, winning 2-1 and 5-2.

Leavenworth would win the first game after Davin Bailey was walked with the bases loaded to allow J.W. Hickman to score in the bottom of the eighth. Hickman and Wesley Redelberger scored the two runs for the Pioneers. 

Pioneers head coach Justin Bode said the first game was exciting. 

Eric Harding took the win on the mound, allowing five hits, a run with four strikeouts.

"He forced Emporia to put the ball in play," Bode said. "And the defense played well for him."

Bailey came in for relief and Bode said he kept Emporia off balance and the defense also played well for Bailey.

The bottom of the eighth was executed to perfection according to Bode.

"In the bottom of the eighth, the Pioneer offense executed to perfection," Bode said. "J.W. Hickman lead off the inning with a single to right. He advanced to second on a balk by the Emporia pitcher and was bunted to third by Ja'Hawn Byrd. After two intentional walks loaded the bases, it was Bailey who earned the game-winning walk to win the game 2-1 for the Pioneers."

Byrd went 1-for-3 in the first game. Robert McKinley was 1-for-2 with a double and Steele Sadler hit 1-for-4 with a double.

In game two, Leavenworth would jump out 2-0 after the first inning and score three more in the fourth and fifth to lead 5-0. Emporia would attempt a comeback by scoring two in the seventh but it was not enough and the Pioneers prevailed 5-2. Bode said the momentum from the exciting finish of game one carried over into the first inning. 

Hickman, Byrd, Sadler, Kruz Wahwahsuck and Dylan Shaw each had two hits for Leavenworth in the win. Jackson Nicodemus took the win on the mound, throwing five innings with four hits, no runs with three strikeouts. Byrd pitched the final two innings, allowing five hits, two runs with a strikeout. 

Bode said Nicodemus was making his first career start pitching Tuesday and was dominant. It was also Byrd's first appearance pitching this season. Bode again praised the defense's play as well and said the four pitchers stepped up for the team.

"Eric, Jackson, Davin and Ja'Hawn stepped up big for us on the mound tonight," he said. "All four threw well and our defense took care of them. We are starting to figure some things out at the plate and are starting to play with the conviction that we are looking for out of our guys. I'm proud of their hard work and am excited to see how the remainder of the season plays out."

Harding said the team is finally putting the pieces together after the wins.

"We are finally putting all of the pieces together," Harding said. "We fielded well, our pitchers spotted up and we are barreling up the baseball at the plate. Now we need to keep this going."

Bailey said the Pioneers showed that they can not give up when down.

"Overall we played well (Tuesday night)," Bailey said. "We showed that we can play as a team and not give up when we get down. Emporia is a good team, but tonight we were better."

The Pioneers continued play Wednesday at Turner.