Bats silent as LHS baseball swept by Piper
If there's a positive for the Lansing High baseball team after it got swept by Piper on Wednesday evening, it's that the Lions get to turn around and play again Thursday.
At least that leaves little time to dwell on a pair of close losses at home.
Piper won game one, 4-2, and then held on for an 11-8 victory in the nightcap.
"We did lose two games tonight, but the way the season is going right now we're scrambling to get games in and we get to bounce right back and play Tonganoxie," LHS coach Troy Andrews said. "That's one good thing."
Also good is the fact that Thursday's game, which begins at 6 p.m., will take place at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The home of the Kansas City T-Bones independent league baseball team, CommunityAmerica provides an opportunity for the Lions to play their rivals on one of the biggest stages in the region.
It also gives them a chance to snap their four-game losing skid. Lansing's last victory came against Tonganoxie on April 30 when senior Matt McMillin threw a no-hitter.
Senior Tylor McNeill will start on the mound this time around, and junior Kris Hernandez will work in relief in need be.
Andrews said his team will need to hit well if it wants to beat Tonganoxie again this time. Hitting is something LHS didn't do effectively against Piper.
Lansing had just two hits in game one. They used a pair of walks by Johnny Stratton and Mike Nielsen and a base hit by Elias Moya to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Moya had the Lions' only other hit in the game, though, and Piper plated a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth for the victory.
Game two wasn't much better. Piper bolted to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and Lansing played catch-up the rest of the way. A five-run fourth inning pulled the Lions within 7-5, but Piper added two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to extend their lead.
LHS tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Kyle Miller led off with a walk, Johnny Stratton singled, Peter Gibson reached on an error, Hernandez reached on an error and Moya hit a sacrifice fly. In all, three runs scored, but it wasn't enough to pull off the victory.
"After spotting them six runs in the first inning, you're looking for a little fight, and we shoed that tonight trying to climb back in the game," Andrews said. "It just seemed like we couldn't get a timely hit all night."