Reds swept by Tongie
Wyatt fans 11 in 3-hit effort, but errors prove costly
Danny Wyatt brought his 'A' game to the baseball field at Lansing High on Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough to guide the Lansing Reds to victory against Tonganoxie Team 1.
Wyatt struck out 11 batters and surrendered just three hits in a complete game effort, but three errors and a lack of timely hitting were too much to overcome as the Reds dropped game one by a 5-2 margin. The Reds (1-11) later lost the nightcap 13-2 in four innings.
Wyatt was sharp from the very beginning as he struck out the first batter he faced. The next two grounded out and popped out to the infield for a 1-2-3 inning. Johnny Stratton led off the Reds' half of the inning by reaching base on an error, but he was later picked off trying to steal second. Elias Moya followed with a single, but he too was caught stealing and ended Lansing's chances of taking an early lead.
Tonganoxie's leadoff hitter in the second reached on an error, as did its next batter. Both later scored despite Wyatt striking out two batters in the inning.
Lansing bounced back and tied the game in the bottom of the second. Matt McMillin laced a leadoff double and later scored on a base hit by Wyatt. Tyler McNeil also scored in the inning on Tyler Wilson's single.
A walk and an error led to two more Tongie runs in the top of the third, and the Chieftains never would trail again. They added an insurance run in the sixth.
The Reds stranded two runners on base in the third inning, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. They had a chance to win in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to get a timely hit.
The momentum and spunk the Reds played with in game one was lacking for most of game two. Tonganoxie jumped on game-two starter McMillin in the first inning for four runs on three hits and an error. The Chieftains plated five more runs in the second and four in the third. Lansing was being no-hit heading into the top of the fourth before Kris Hernandez smashed a triple into the right-center gap. McMillin followed with a run-scoring single. Logan Ryan added a single and then McMillin scored when McNeil reached base on an error. The rally wasn't quite enough, however, as the Reds were unable to plate another run.
The Reds are off until July 5 when they'll scrimmage the old Lansing Huskies. The Reds' next regularly scheduled game is at 6 p.m. July 7 against Leavenworth at Sportsfield.
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