Lansing JV baseball throttles Bonner Springs
Three home runs highlight dominating offensive performance from Lions
On the warmest and one of the windiest days of the year to date, the Lansing Lions JV baseball team broke out their bats and took both games of a doubleheader at Bonner Springs.
Sophomore Kyle Hutchison pitched the opener as Lansing won 13-9. Sophomore Kris Hernandez earned the win in game two as LHS cruised, 11-0.
Freshman Chris Grady got things started in game one with a single and was brought in to score with a single from freshman Peter Gibson. Gibson was then driven in when Hutchison ripped a single. The Braves bounce back in the bottom of the first with a Lansing error followed by a double, an infield out, another double and then a single to score two earned runs. Freshman Shay Goodnature started on the mound for the Lions and lasted one inning due to some arm stiffness.
In the second, the Lions picked up another run with a double by freshman Cameron Trowbridge and another single by Grady. In the bottom of the second, Hutchison took the mound in relief for the Lions and shut the Braves down.
The Lions scored again in the third when Gibson reached second on an outfield error and was driven home with a hard single by sophomore Elias Moya. Then Hutchison had the Braves number again in the bottom of the inning as he fanned two.
The Lions already were rolling, but they really turned up the juice in the fourth inning. Trowbridge led the barrage with a solo homer to left field. He was followed by another Grady single. Then Gibson also benefited from the high wind and short porch to launch a two-run shot to left field putting the Lions up 4-2. Hernandez then singled and was driven in by a Hutchison double. Hutchison then stole third and was brought home by another Moya single up the middle. Lansing finished the fourth leading 8-2. Hutchison retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lions were held scoreless in the top of the fifth. The Braves benefited on some untimely errors in the bottom of the inning to score five unearned runs. They combined the Lansing errors with a couple of hits and bounced back to within one of the Lions. The bats heated up again in the top of the sixth for Lansing, though, as Gibson had a walk-off home run to left field. Hutchison walked and stole second and third, then scored on a passed ball. Freshman Ryan Delich walked, as did freshman Chase Horseman. Then Trowbridge doubled both of them home to put the Lions ahead 13-7.
The Braves came to face a new Lansing pitcher in the bottom of the sixth as junior Eric Wolf came on in relief. Bonner managed to score two runs on a walk, double and a single to make it 13-9 Lansing. The Lions didn't score in the seventh and managed to hold the Braves to one more run to win the opener 13-9. Hutchison got the win. The Lions finished with six errors.
In the second game, Hernandez started on the mound for the Lions and had a 5-0 lead before he threw his first pitch. The scoring was started by freshman Mitchell Parkison when he reached on an error in the outfield. Parkison then stole second. He was joined on the bases by Gibson when he reached first on a dropped third strike. Parkison and Gibson advanced and then Parkison scored on a passed ball. Hernandez also reached first on another dropped third strike and Gibson scored. Hutchison then walked and stole second. Moya then drove in two runs with a single. Freshman Tyler Lansing followed with another single and drove in Moya. Grady finished the Lion barrage with a single that plated Tyler Lansing. Hernandez shut down the Braves in the first with a couple of Ks and some nice fielding by the infield.
The second saw the Lions add another run as Hernandez doubled and was driven in by Hutchison. Hernandez again held Bonner scoreless in the second as the Braves swung wildly at the plate.
The third saw both sides retired in order, and then the Lions exploded again in the fourth with Gibson singling, Hernandez singling and then Hutchison hitting a towering three-run shot to the berm past the fence in left field. That put the Lions up 11-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. Hernandez again held the Braves a bay in the bottom of the inning with some help of good hustle in right field by Wolf to grab some well-hit fly balls.
Neither side scored in the fifth and the game was over with Hernandez picking up the win. Overall, the Lions played their best defensive game of the year and had just one error.
The Lansing JV returns to action at 4 p.m. Monday at home against Santa Fe Trail.