Cavalry fall short against Olathe East
Lawrence The Lansing Cavalry knew they were in store for some tough baseball games when they spent this weekend playing in the Lawrence Tournament.
Boy were they right.
The Cavalry (6-3) had their perfect record snapped on Thursday when they dropped a pair of games, rallied past Class 6A squad Shawnee Mission East for a victory on Friday, and then took another 6A foe - Olathe East - to the wire on Saturday at Free State High School.
Olathe East played relatively flawless baseball, and the Hawks had to be darn near perfect to hold off Lansing's furious rally that came down to the final at-bat.
Olathe East 9, Lansing Cavalry 6.
A long weekend depleted Lansing's pitching staff heavily, and the struggles caused by having tired arms continued into Saturday's game. Matt Mowery - who already saw a few innings of action earlier in the weekend - started on the mound and was shaky at first. He walked the first to batters, both of which later scored as O-East took a 2-0 lead in the first. The Hawks plated two more runs as the result of an error and a 380-foot home run that pressed their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second.
Lansing retaliated in the bottom of the second with three runs of its own. Mowery smacked a leadoff single and then scored on Mike Bayless' triple to deep left-center field. Johnny Stratton walked, and Bayless stole home when ball four skipped past the catcher. Stratton then scored on Tom Kohl's single. Suddenly it was a 4-3 game.
East plated two more runs in the top of the third, but Lansing got one back as Mowery doubled and later scored on Stratton's ground out.
Kohl made his first pitching appearance in the top of the fourth and retired the Hawks in order on ground balls to Stratton at second. Then the Cavalry tied things up in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Pratt led off the inning with a double into the gap in left-center and then scored on a ground out by Kohl. Cody Mohan followed with a triple to left-center, but he came all the way around to score when the relay throw to third flew off-target. Mohan's run tied the game at 6-6.
Just as it appeared Lansing was going to take command, however, the Cavalry let the game slip away. East went ahead 7-6 in the top of the fifth and then added two more runs in the sixth.
The Cavalry had their backs to the wall, but they mustered one last challenge in the bottom of the seventh. Bayless earned a leadoff walk, but Stratton grounded out and Jeff Terrill flew out to center. Then Pratt was walked and Lonnie Hansen was beaned. That loaded the bases for Kohl, but he ended the game with a ground out.
The Cavalry stranded 10 base runners in the game and had three errors that ultimately proved costly. Still, they won't have much time to dwell on the loss. They play host to Basehor at 6 p.m. Wednesday at LHS field. Then they will hit the road next weekend when they travel to the Burlington Tournament.