The Manila Lions took to the field this week to start the 2003 baseball season despite the cold temperatures outside. Manila traveled to Valley View on Tuesday to open the season picking up a huge 8 - 4 conference win. Junior Jared Camp picked up the win on the mound with sophomore Josh McDaniel getting the save.
McDaniel also did an outstanding job with the bat picking up a two run homer and two doubles with three RBI's. Jared Camp also picked up a home run for the Lions along with P.J. Brumley's double and single with one RBI. Casey Hill picked up two singles followed by Juan Moyeda and Matt Noble with a base hit each.
The Lions faced Harrisburg Friday in a non-conference matchup falling to the Hornets 6 - 3. Harrisburg picked up two runs in the first on errors before Josh McDaniel picked up a single scoring Juan Moyeda for a 2 - 1 score.
Jordan Wise picked up a base hit in the second with the score still 2 - 1 Harrisburg. Manila couldn't connect in the third but made an awesome double play at second and first. With the Lions still struggling at the plate in the fourth Harrisburg picked up another run on a wild pitch out of play for a 3 - 1 lead. Harrisburg's Brody Heeb picked up a homer followed by Manila's Cody Wells scoring for a 4 - 2 Hornet lead. Juan Moyeda picked up a base hit and an RBI in the seventh as Manila could not make contact losing to Harrisburg 6 - 3.
Coach Tobie Doke felt his team played hard and our pitchers battled. "We didn't hit the ball well and Harrisburg's pitcher did a good job," Doke stated. When asked about the season Doke said, "We are young and inexperienced, I think we will hit our prime after five or six games, and we will have to learn as we go along in the season."