Cubs fall to Raiders in Zone Tourney semifinals
Lansing to play Blue Valley at 5:30 p.m. today for spot in title game
Lawrence Two days after the Lansing Cubs used an explosive first inning to win their Class AAA American Legion Zone Baseball Tournament opener, the tables turned.
The Lawrence Raiders plated seven runs in the bottom of the first inning Thursday night and never looked back as they routed the Cubs 17-0 at Free State High School.
The Raiders advanced to tonight's championship game. It will follow the 5:30 p.m. play-in game between the Cubs and the Blue Valley Huskies.
Lansing had a decent start Thursday night as it put two runners on base via a walk and an error in the first inning, but it was unable to score.
After that, Lawrence took its turn at the plate and seized control instantly. Conn Blakley walked leadoff batter Tyler Knight. Travis Ice followed with a single. After that, back-to-back errors, a double, three straight singles and two more errors allowed the Raiders' lead to balloon to 7-0.
Three hits, two walks and two more errors in the second inning helped the lead expand to 12-0.
The Cubs settled down for the next three innings and played error-free ball. As a result, they didn't allow any runs. They reverted in the sixth inning, however, and had two more erros. Those miscues, paired with back-to-back triples, allowed the Raiders to plate five more runs and eventually complete a seven-inning run-spread victory.
Although the Cubs had a handful of base runners, they never mustered much of an offensive threat. They had just two hits - a second-inning single by Mike Sherman and a third-inning base hit by Robert Lewis - and no base runners advanced past second.
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