Reds run win streak to 3
Who wants a piece of the Lansing Reds right now?
The Lansing Cubs will get that honor at 4 p.m. today in the first game of the inaugural Lansing Tournament at Lansing High School, but it won't be an easy task because the Reds enter the tournament riding a three-game winning streak.
"We're pretty hot right now," Reds coach Dustin Myers said of his baseball team. "We're just getting geared up for Zone in a couple weeks, and we've got a big tournament coming up this weekend. I think we'll do pretty well."
The Reds (4-14) dropped 14 of their first 15 games against mostly older competition. After coming close in a couple of those games, they've now clicked and are putting teams away.
The winning streak started Saturday when they routed the Atchison Redmen, 11-3 and 14-5.
Mike McSweeney went the distance for the Reds in the first game with nine strikeouts. The Reds scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Game two took on a similar look. Hawkins Hall, a Lansing High junior-to-be, threw a complete game in his first pitching performance as a high school player. While Hall was sharp on the mound, his teammates were solid at the plate. They scored one run in the top of the first inning and three in the second before a six-run eruption in the fourth put the game out of reach.
Every member of the Reds had at least one hit on the day and they earned the sweep with only nine players.
Tuesday night against Basehor, the Reds plated two runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 5-2 victory. Matt Stratton tossed four scoreless innings, and Scott Moore and Zak Haller provided effective relief. Parker Gibson provided the most offensive support with two triples.
"The three straight has really boosted their confidence," Myers said. "They're a lot more excited, there's a lot more chatter and they're having a lot more fun."