Errors costly in JV baseball losses
The Lansing High junior varsity baseball team dropped a pair of games to Turner on Monday night at THS, 14-11 and 11-4.
The Lions (0-4) jumped to an early lead in the second inning of game one with a double by sophomore Kyle Hutchison. Hutchison eventually advanced to third and who then stole home. A couple of walks to sophomore Elias Moya and freshman Ryan Delich and a two-run single by freshman Chris Grady boosted the Lions' score.
In the third, Hutchison walked and then stole second and third. He later scored on a passed ball. Walks to Moya and Delich were turned into runs on an error on a play started by freshman Chase Horseman and a single by freshman Cameron Trowbridge. Horseman then scored on an errant pick-off attempt.
The JV from Turner didn't give up as the Bears responded with four runs in the bottom of the third on two singles and two home runs. In the top of the fourth, the Lions got things started by freshman Peter Gibson driving a single to left field. Sophomore Kris Hernandez walked and Hutchison was hit by a pitch. Moya then laced a two-run single through the infield to right field. Hutchison then scored on a Delich infield out that put the Lions up 8-4.
Turner came roaring back in the bottom of the fourth with an error and an infield hit. That was followed with a single and another throwing error that allowed two runs to score. Another error followed by a single scored the third runner. One more hit put another runner across the plate and signaled the end to Trowbridge's tenure on the mound.
Trowbridge went 3 2/3 innings with two strikeouts while allowing nine hits and six earned runs. Horseman came on in relief and gave up one hit that scored later on a throwing error. That put the Lions down 10-8.
Turner retired the Lions in order in the top of the fifth. Horseman walked two in the bottom of the fifth and a couple of pick-off errors allowed two more runs to score before he retired the side putting Turner up 12-8.
The Lions again only put four batters to the plate in the top of the sixth. Hutchison came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed two hits that were again followed by three consecutive errors before retiring the side, but the errors cost three more runs and put Turner up 15-10. Delich started things off with a single in the seventh and was scored on a triple by Grady who also scored on a throwing error to bring the Lions to within three. The next Lansing batter was retired and Turner won by three 15-12.
The Lions started the second game much like the first. Grady got on thanks to an outfield error, Gibson singled and scored Grady. Hernandez singled and scored Gibson.
Gibson started on the mound for the Lions. He gave up one single followed by more throwing errors that allowed that runner to score. Gibson then he fanned the final two Turner batters. The Lions were up 2-1.
The Lions didn't score in the second while Turner scored three runs on four errors and a single to take a 4-2 lead. The Lions started the third with a single by Hernandez, a walk to Hutchison and then freshman Ryan Delich lined a two-run double scoring Hernandez and Hutchison. A Lion strike out was followed by Delich getting thrown out trying to steal home on a passed ball to end the top of the inning.
The bottom of the third proved to be the straw that broke the Lions' back. Turner stared with a double and two singles, followed by an error. another single, a strike out, and a double before Gibson was done for the evening. He was relieved by junior Eric Wolf. Wolf gave up two singles before fanning the final out of the long inning.
Gibson lasted 2 2/3 innings with five Ks, allowing 9 hits, and 5 earned runs. After three innings, Turner led 10-4.
The top of the fourth had the Lions gone in order with a hit by Grady followed by freshman Paul Sargent hitting into a 6-4-3 double play. Wolf got out of the bottom of the fourth. but not before giving up one more run to put Turner on top 11-4.
The Lions were done in order in the top of the fifth, and Wolf retired the side in order in the bottom. The Lions manage only four batters in the top of the sixth. Hutchison came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and retired the side in order with two strikeouts.
Lansing had its last chance in the top of the seventh with Sargent reaching first on an error and Gibson singling through the infield, but the next two batters were retired in order to end the game.
The JV Lions play again on Thursday at Bonner Springs.