Cavalry suffer first loss in Lawrence
Errors, walks snap 5-game winning streak
Lawrence The Lansing Cavalry knew they would find out just how well they stack up with players from larger schools when they began play in the Lawrence Tournament on Thursday at Free State High School.
What the Cavalry - a squad composed of current and former players from Lansing High School, the state's smallest Class 5A school - found out during their first game against the Lawrence Outlaws was that there isn't much difference between them and players from Class 6A schools.
The only major difference during the Cavalry's 8-0 loss to Lawrence was that their foes wouldn't beat themselves.
Lansing had its chances to score runs both early and late in the game, but it stranded runners on base each time. When the Cavalry (5-1) were in position to prevent Lawrence from having a big inning, an untimely error got in the way.
Six errors, six walks and two hit batters all were mistakes by Lansing that allowed Lawrence to turn a close game into a blowout.
Mike Bayless led off the game by slicing a single to left field, but the Cavalry were unable to advance him and he was later picked off attempting to steal second. Then, in the bottom of the first inning, Lawrence loaded the bases on an error and two walks before Lansing starting pitcher Conn Blakley worked out of the jam unscathed.
The Cavalry stranded two more runners in the second inning after Matt Mowery ripped a single and Johnny Stratton earned a walk.
Miscues caught up with Lansing in the bottom of the second. The leadoff batter reached on an error and the next batter was beaned. Both later scored.
The Cavalry had their best chance to rally in the top of the fourth when Blakley and Jeff Terrill earned back-to-back walks. Mowery followed with another single that loaded the bases with no outs. Two strikeouts and a ground out later, they ended another inning empty-handed.
Lawrence plated two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and four in the fifth to end the game.
The Cavalry were slated to play again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and then will have games at 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.