Reds win Zone Tournament opener
The Lansing Reds moved one step closer to defending their American Legion Class A Zone 1 Tournament championship on Wednesday night when they claimed a 19-12 victory over Doniphan County in Hiawatha.
The Reds (6-18) fell behind 2-1 early in the game, but eventually strung together a series of hits and capitalized on numerous passed balls to take a 10-2 lead.
Doniphan County rallied to within 10-9, but the Reds erupted for nine runs in the final inning and then held on for the victory.
"We had a lot of hits," Reds coach Dustin Myers said. "It's easily best game we've had hitting all year."
Paul Sargent earned the victory for the Reds, and Matt Stratton collected the save by throwing two scoreless innings.
"It was a good start for our guys," Myers said of the victory.
The Reds play the top-seed Lawrence Mavericks at 6 p.m. today. A victory would put the Reds in the 6 p.m. game Saturday. A loss would put them in the noon game Saturday. The finals take place Sunday.