Stix repeat as fall league champs
The Stix baseball team recently wrapped up its second straight fall baseball league title in the 11th- and 12th-grade division at the 3&2 Baseball Complex.
The Stix finished the season with an 8-1 record while playing against teams from Lee's Summit (Mo.), Olathe, Blue Valley, Pembroke Hill (Mo.), Bonner Springs, Basehor, Mill Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts.
Lansing High players on the team are seniors Kris Hernandez and Kyle Hutchison, juniors Chris Grady, Peter Gibson and Taylor Majure and sophomore Austin Taylor. Leavenworth Hith players are seniors Austin James and Tyler Harper, sophomore Ryan Lasneske and freshman Dakota Smith. Pleasant Ridge juniors Hunter Adams and Jason Crook also play for the Stix. They are coached by Dirk Hutchison, Kent Lasneske and Howard Crook.
The team posted a .401 batting average and had a .481 on-base percentage. Three players batted .500 or better - Smith (.552), Harper (.500) and Hutchison (.500), and Grady hit .448.
The Stix averaged 10.3 runs per game and gave up just 2.44 per contest.
Hutchison was the team's top power hitter with two home runs and three triples. He also had team-highs with nine steals and 15 RBI. Hernandez also had three triples. Smith had a home run, two triples, three doubles, four steals and 15 RBI.
Smith and Harper were the team's workhorses on the mound. Smith threw a team-high 18 innings with 36 strikeouts and just six walks. He posted a 0.778 earned-run average. Harper tossed 16 2/3 innings with 21 strikeouts and 16 walks. Hernandez threw eight innings with 15 strikeouts and just three walks.