Varsity baseball sweeps Atchison; JV swept at Piper
Kansas City, Kan. Baseball weather finally is here and so too were the bats of the Piper Pirate junior varsity baseball team.
Piper swept the Lansing JV on Friday 22-6 (run rule in bottom of the fourth) and 10-5. The old habits of the Lions returned to hurt when coupled with the timely hitting of the Pirates.
Freshman Kyle Hutchison started on the mound in game one for the Lions. He went 2 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out four Pirate hitters. Freshman Kris Hernandez came on in relief and lasted 2/3 of an inning allowing seven earned runs. It was the old habits of errors on defense that allowed the Piper hits to turn into most of the runs. The Lions had six errors in 3 1/3 innings in game one. The Lions had jumped to an early lead due to some good hitting of their own. Sophomore Mike Nielsen was 2 for 4 and classmates Matt McMillin and Cameron Stewart each had a hit. Junior Jordan Pratt also had a hit along with Hutchison.
Game two started out much like game one with the Lions jumping to an early lead. Hitting was led by Hutchison (2 for 3) along with junior Pratt (2 for 3) and sophomore Nielsen (2 for 4). McMillin started game two and went five innings surrendering six earned runs on 11 hits. Fellow sophomore Tylor McNeill came on for one inning of relief striking out two and allowing no runs. Again the defense failed to adequately support the pitching allowing seven errors in seven innings.
For the night the leading hitters were Nielsen (4-for-8), Hutchison (3-for -4), and Pratt (3-for-5).
The JV Lions (8-8) will try and end their season with a winning record when they take on the Chieftains from Tonganoxie at 4 p.m. Monday at Lansing High School.
The varsity Lions traveled to Atchison on Friday to make up a twinbill that originally was slated for March 31. The Lions used a makeshift pitching staff (the regular hurlers were being rested to avoid being overworked during what has been a busy week) and they got the job done. LHS won game one, 17-1, and then cruised to an 18-0 victory in game two.
The varsity Lions close out the regular season with a 4 p.m. Monday twinbill at Tonganoxie.