Baseball splits with Mill Valley
Shawnee The Lansing High baseball team split its season-opening doubleheader against Mill Valley on Thursday.
The Lions dropped the first game, 6-4, after bursting to an early lead. They surged to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as they throttled Mill Valley pitcher Tommy Fitzgerald for four hits. Cody Mohan led off with a single to center. John Tytla followed with a hit that was nearly identical. Then Chris Wagner joined them in the single-up-the-middle club and loaded the bases. Senior Conn Blakley put Lansing on the board when he cleared the bases with a three-run triple to right field. Blakley then scored on a single by Michael Bayless.
A pair of fielding errors by LHS in the bottom of the first allowed Mill Valley to score twice. Wagner, Lansing's starting pitcher, then settled down on the mound and coasted through the second inning. The Jaguars eventually tied the game in the bottom of the third, though, after a leadoff double and then a miscue in the infield led to two more runs.
Wagner allowed just one base runner as he cruised through the fourth and fifth innings. He got the first two batters out that he faced in the sixth, but then trouble arose. Mill Valley rattled off three straight hits - a single, a double and another single - and scored twice before Wagner struck out the final batter.
Just like in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, however, Lansing was unable to get a timely hit in the top of the seventh. Fitzgerald retired the Lions in order and iced the Jaguars' victory.
The Lions (1-1) then bounced back and won the second game of the double-header, 9-4, and split the series with the defending Kaw Valley League champions.
Mohan started the game on the mound and threw 5 2/3 innings. He then handed the game over to junior right-hander Jeff Terrill who shut down the final four Jaguar hitters.
Lansing next plays at 4 p.m. Monday at Turner.