The Lansing Lions improved to 13-4 on the year Wednesday in a doubleheader split against De Soto.
The two teams were originally meant to meet Tuesday at De Soto and Thursday at Lansing but the games were moved to a doubleheader at Bettis Family Sports Complex in Topeka Wednesday.
The Lions and Wildcats would split the series with De Soto winning game one 3-2 and Lansing winning the second game 3-2.
Lions head coach Michael Basler said the two games were similar.
“Both games very very similar,” Basler said, “with pitching and defense dominating the games. All the pitchers (Wednesday) did a solid job of competing and battling. This was in no way an offensive masterpiece by either team but both teams found ways in the games to manufacture and score runs.”
De Soto would get on the board first in the bottom of the first and added another run in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead.
The Lions would add a run in the sixth before De Soto answered back to lead 3-1 entering the seventh. The Wildcats added one more run and took the victory 3-2. Caleb Adams and Jayden Raymond led the Lions with two hits each in the first game. Dakota Sill and Logan Barnard also had one run each.
Derrick Williamson took the loss on the mound in a complete game. Williamson allowed six hits, three runs and five strikeouts.
Game two started out similar to the first with De Soto scoring first and leading 2-0. In the bottom of the fifth, Lansing scored three runs with two outs.
“All hitters battled through two-strike counts,” Basler said. “Jake Jardon started it with a two-strike single to left field, Tyler Akin sacrifice bunted (Jardon) over. After a pop out, Peyton Basler drew a two-strike walk, then Dakota Sill hit a two-strike triple to deep left field. Caleb Adams then singled Sill in with a two-strike hit to right field.”
After taking the 3-2 lead, the Lions would hold on and pick up the win.
Adams and Jardon led the team with two hits in the game. Sill and Dylan McLain each had a hit.
McLain started the game on the mound allowing four hits, one run and two strikeouts in three innings. Bryce Turner replaced McLain allowing three hits, one run and two strikeouts in the final four innings.
Basler continued to say he was proud of how the team played Wednesday.
“Really proud of all our kids for their competitiveness," Basler said. “And our resilience (Wednesday). This also shows the growth in our players over the years and how their hard work is making them into really good players. Freshman Bryce Turner picked up the win in relief retiring two hitters in the heart of De Soto line to preserve our lead. He has been really good late in games on the mound for us this season pitching in stressful situations.”
Lansing returns home Monday to host Shawnee Heights at 5 p.m. in a game rescheduled from March 28.
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats took on Tonganoxie Wednesday in a game moved to the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College. The Bobcats would fall 6-2.
Tonganoxie jumped out 6-0 in the middle of the fourth before the Bobcats would get on the board. BLHS would score runs in the fourth and sixth but it was not enough for the victory.
Carter Bergman and Chandler Miller each had two hits on the night for BLHS with Miller scoring the two runs.
Wyatt Wagner started the game for BLHS on the mound. The junior allowed seven hits, six runs and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched. Matthew McKnight came in for relief allowing no hits or runs with two strikeouts in the final 2.1 innings.
Bobcats head coach Andrew See said the team is in a funk recently.
“For some reason, we can’t find consistency in our play,” See said. “I thought we had found that heart and spirit in the Paola game, but we lost it again. I give a lot of credit to Tonganoxie and their starting pitcher. He just grabbed the ball and took control of the game. He also made a significant impact with his bat.”
See went on to point out the performances by Miller and Bergman.
“Chandler Miller and Carter Bergman were our two bright spots this game,” he said. “Chandler is special when it comes to his bat and his speed. He has the ability to change the game when he steps up to the plate. He’s really given us a good last two weeks in the field, on the bump and at the plate. Carter is playing so well for a freshman. He just has an energy when he is in between the lines. You can see how much he cares about the game and winning. He really has been fun to coach this year and I am excited to see him grow in the future.
See said the team will try anything to get the team out of the funk and back to winning.
“We need to try anything and everything,” See said “Show the socks, wear eye black, no batting gloves. Something that can make us feel fresh and new that changes our mindset. Hopefully we can find that and tell an awesome story at the end of this year.”
The Bobcats will face De Soto at 7 p.m. on Friday in a game rescheduled from March 29. The game will be played at Lawrence Free State. Fans attending the game are to use the entrance to the field at the main athletic complex and to not park in the pool parking lot.