Archive for Monday, July 23, 2007

Cubs split with Geiger, prepare for Zone opener

July 23, 2007

It's not much, but the Lansing Cubs are riding a little bit of momentum into their American Legion Class AAA Zone Baseball Tournament opener on Tuesday in Ottawa.

The Cubs, who play Gardner at 5 p.m. at the Cox Field Diamonds, split a doubleheader on Sunday against Geiger Ready-Mix.

Mike Amaral pitched Lansing to an 8-4 victory in the opener before Geiger rallied and took a 10-8 victory in the nightcap.

The Cubs fell into an early hole in the opener as miscues contributed to four Geiger runs in the first inning. After that, however, they settled down and gave Amaral solid support defensively. The bats also fired up as they came back and earned the victory.

"We had our bad inning early, and then we kind of put it together," Cubs coach Michael Smith said. "We gave most of our older guys the weekend off to get ready for Zone, so the younger guys were really stepping up."

The Cubs (4-25) pitched by committee in game two, and for a while it worked. Dylan Delich started and was effective early. In fact, the Cubs held an 8-5 lead before Smith went to the bullpen.

A three-run homer by Geiger's Matt McMillin tied the game, and Geiger later added two more runs for the win.

The Cubs dropped two games on Saturday to the Leavenworth Knights.

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