Seaman ends Lansing’s baseball season in regional finals
Topeka The Seaman High baseball team ran its winning streak to 39 games on Wednesday when it earned a return trip to the Class 5A state tournament.
The defending state champs picked up victory No. 39 against Lansing High - the same team that was victim No. 17. Seaman ended Lansing's season last year in the first round of the state tournament when the Vikings won, 9-4.
On Wednesday the Vikings fended off an early threat before beating the Lions, 11-1, in six innings in the regional tournament at the Seaman High stadium.
Seaman took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Tyler Bean earned a two-out walk and then scored on Ryan Sayler's base hit.
Lansing countered with a run in the top of the third. Matt McMillin laced a one-out single to left field, took second and third base on passed balls and then scored when Seaman pitcher Jake Hosey made an errant pickoff throw.
The game didn't stay tied for long. Bean and Zach Carlson cranked back-to-back doubles as Seaman opened the bottom of the third with four straight hits. LHS also made four errors in the inning as the Vikings built a 5-1 lead.
Seaman scored three more runs in the fourth and added three more in the sixth to complete the run-rule victory.
Earlier in the day Lansing won its first-round game against Highland Park, 8-3. LHS plated three runs in the first inning and another in the second, but Highland Park rallied for three runs in the fifth. The Lions answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game away. Kyle Miller and Kyle Hutchison scored two runs apiece in the victory. McMillin allowed five hits in four innings of work for the victory. Kris Hernandez threw three innings in relief and earned the save.
Lansing ends its season with a 12-10 record.
For more from the baseball regional tournament, pick up the May 24 edition of The Current.