Archive for Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lansing JV baseball takes two from Santa Fe Trail

April 18, 2006

Chase Horseman grew up watching his older brother compete in tough baseball battles against Santa Fe Trail.

Horseman, a Lansing High freshman, got his first taste of the rivalry Monday when he started on the mound for the LHS junior varsity squad in its first home series of the year. He didn't disappoint.

After making steady progress throughout the summer with the Lansing Reds, Horseman put his skill and toughness on display as he struck out nine, walked five and allowed just three hits in leading Lansing to a 10-4 victory in game one. The Lions then rode that momentum to an 8-3 victory in game two.

Game one opened with a scoreless first inning, but Santa Fe took advantage of three second-inning walks, two balks and two errors to take a 2-0 lead. Lansing answered back in the bottom of the inning, though. Kyle Hutchison scorched a leadoff single off the first baseman's glove. Ryan Delich and Elias Moya reached base on errors. Chris Grady singled. Mitchell Parkison singled to right. Then Peter Gibson doubled to left-center. In all, LHS plated four runs and took command.

Horseman retired the side in the third and then struck out two more in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Moya laced a leadoff double to center and later scored on an infield single by Grady. The Lions plated another run in the fifth when Gibson hit a leadoff single and later scored when Moya reached base on an error.

Four more runs in the sixth provided the final cushion for Horseman. Cameron Trowbridge smashed a leadoff double to center. Grady bunted his way on base. Gibson reached on an error. Hutchison reached on an error that allowed two runs to score. Delich blasted a double that plated Hutchison and Moya ripped a run-scoring single to close out the scoring for Lansing.

Two seventh-inning walks led to runs for Santa Fe, but it wasn't nearly enough to dig out of the hole and Lansing hung on for the victory. Gibson and Moya had two hits apiece in game one.

Game two found junior Erik Wolf on the mound for the Lions, and he started by shutting down the Chargers in the top of the first. The Lions jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning after Gibson was hit by a pitch and then scored by a Moya double.

SFT tied the game in the second when they generated a run off of three walks, but the Lions responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Ryan Delich reached on an outfield error, advanced to second on a single by Dylan Delich and then scored when Mike Nielsen reached base thanks to another outfield error.

Santa Fe capitalized on a couple of Lansing errors in the top of the third and scored a run, but the Lions managed to get out of the inning with some nice defense capped by a Moya pick-off throw from home to third.

Lansing High catcher Elias Moya turns on a pitch during the JV Lions' doubleheader against Santa Fe Trail.

Lansing High catcher Elias Moya turns on a pitch during the JV Lions' doubleheader against Santa Fe Trail.

In their half of the third, the Lions put up three more runs. Gibson walked, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. Hutchison then walked and Gibson scored on a passed ball. Hutchison then stole second on the same play as SFT didn't pay attention after Gibson scored. Ryan Delich then singled in Hutchison and Dylan Delich singled in Ryan Delich to give the Lions a 5-2 lead.

Lansing shut down SFT in the top of the fourth and again put more runs on the board in the bottom half. Trowbridge started things off with a single and was advanced by a Grady single. Trowbridge stole third and was brought in on a Gibson sacrifice to left. Grady advanced on the play and then scored on a passed ball. That put the Lions up 7-2.

The top of the fifth saw Kris Hernandez come on in relief. He gave up a double but held SFT scoreless with two strikeouts. The Lions went scoreless in the bottom of the fifth as well.

Hernandez again didn't yield any runs in the top of the sixth while the Lions managed to score another in the bottom. Horseman walked, advanced on a Gibson single, and then scored on a Hutchison single to right center.

Hutchison came on in relief in the top of the seventh. He gave up one single that led to a run on three consecutive passed balls. He then struck out three to end the game.

The JV Lions are now 4-4 and face Atchison in Atchison in a makeup game on Wednesday and return to Lansing on Thursday to take on the Perry-Lecompton Kaws. Game times are 4 pm.

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