JV baseball crushes Kaws
The bats were hot for the Lansing High junior varsity baseball team on Thursday as it swept a twinbill from Perry-Lecompton.
LHS took game one by a 15-2 score and then won the nightcap 10-3.
Freshman Cameron Trowbridge started on the mound for the Lions and initially had some trouble in the top of the first. He allowed two runs on a walk, a triple, and a single while notching up two strikeouts. Lansing managed only two base runners in the bottom of the first with Chris Grady leading off with a triple followed by Mitchell Parkison getting hit by a pitch.
In the top of the second, however, the Kaws were retired in order. That was the spark the Lions needed.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Lions' bats exploded to life. Sophomore Kyle Hutchison got things started with walk. He then stole second and third. He scored when freshman Ryan Delich singled. Junior Eric Wolf then singled, scoring Delich. Dylan Delich then singled, moving Wolf to third. Trowbridge flew out to second and Grady hit a long sacrifice fly to right to score Wolf. Parkison then reached on an error and scored Dylan Delich. Freshman Peter Gibson then doubled, scoring Parkison. Gibson scored on a base hit by sophomore Elias Moya. Chase Horseman came in to run for Moya and was picked off of third base to end the inning, but by then the Lions had a 6-2 lead.
Trowbridge again had the Kaws' number in the top of the third, retiring them in order with the last two hitters fanning. If the bottom of the second was big for then Lions, the bottom of the third was monumental. Hutchison got things started again with a sharp single to right-center field. He again stole second and third. Ryan Delich walked and stole second. Hutchison stole home. Wolf again singled and scored Ryan Delich. Trowbridge singled and scored Wolf. Grady then laid down a beautiful bunt single to advance Trowbridge to third. Parkison reached on a Kaw fielding error and scored Trowbridge. Gibson walked and Moya hit another single to score Grady. Hutchison then came to bat for the second time in the bottom of the third and smashed a two-run double to center field that scored Parkison and Gibson. Ryan Delich then hit a long sacrifice to left to score Moya. Wolf singled for the second time in the inning to score Hutchison. After three it was Lansing 15, Perry 2.
Trowbridge was dominant again in the fourth, fanning two and retiring the Kaws in order. The Lions didn't score in the bottom of the fourth and Trowbridge got through the Kaw portion of the fifth by allowing two singles and a walk but striking out two to get the victory.
Trowbridge finished with eight strikeouts and just two walks while allowing only five hits in the victory. Wolf went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Hutchison was 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs and five stolen bases. Moya also had a strong game at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice.
In game two, Coach Dustin Myers decided Trowbridge hadn't had enough work in game one so he started him again in game two. Trowbridge retired the Kaws in order to start the game. The Lions scored twice in the bottom of the first on a Grady walk, a Trowbridge single, and Dylan Delich reaching on an infield error.
After a scoreless second, the top of the third saw the Kaws score their first run on a single and a double. The Lions responded with two more runs with Grady reaching on an error then stealing second. He was driven in on a Trowbridge single. Gibson reached on an error and Dylan Delich drove in Trowbridge with a single.
The Kaws scored again in the top of the fourth on a walk and a double. Lansing responded with a four-run inning. Wolf and Chase Horseman walked. Grady then singled home Wolf. Trowbridge doubled in Horseman and Grady. Peter Gibson smacked a single to drive in Trowbridge and put the Lions up 8-2.
The Lions changed pitchers in the top of the fifth. Perry-Lecompton managed to score once more on a walk and triple off of Mitchell Parkison. Horseman then replaced Parkison and struck out the Kaws in order to end the inning.
The Lions put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Delich reached on an error and Wolf walked. Horseman then sacrificed in Ryan Delich. Parkison drove in Wolf on a fielder's choice to put the Lions up 10-3. Neither team scored in the sixth and Horseman again shut down the Kaws in the top of the seventh.
Trowbridge finished game two with two strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work. He allowed just three hits and two earned runs. Horseman struck out seven, walked one and allowed just one hit in three strong innings of relief.
The JV Lions (8-4) play again on Monday at Basehor-Linwood and Thursday at home against Bishop Ward.