Lions maintain conference momentum with 3-2 win over Corning

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Lion centerfielder Levi Stroud lays down a bump in high school baseball action Thursday afternoon at Westside.

Manila upped its 3A-3 conference slate to 4-2 as the Lions slipped past Corning 3-2 in extra innings Tuesday afternoon at home. The Bobcats scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to take a 2-0 lead before Manila rallied, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Freshman Jeremiah Perez drove in the winning run with a bases loaded infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lions the victory.

Brett Sweatman gained the win in relief, firing two innings of one-hit shutout ball. Lopez pitched the first seven innings, scattering eight hits while giving up one earned run. The freshman fanned five and walked two.

Brock Birmingham had a pair of singles, drove in a run and scored once. Perez had the game winning RBI single and scored a run. Brady Clark laced an RBI single, Jacob Tarver had a hit while Michael Parker scored a run.

Manila catcher Brady Clark prepares to unleash a throw to second base against a would-be base stealer in the Lion's nonconference game at Westside.

Manila fell at Westside 11-8 on Thursday. The Lions took an 8-7 edge, scoring twice in the top of the sixth inning, but the Warriors fought back, scoring four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to pull out the win. Manila out-hit Westside 9-6; both teams committed four errors.

Burrow picked up the loss, going five innings, allowing nine runs, seven of which were earned. The sophomore righty allowed just five hits but walked five batters. Burrow fanned four Warriors. Sweatman pitched a third of an inning, allowing two unearned runs on no hits. Ethan Navarro went 2/3 of an inning, allowing no runs on one hit.

Manila's Joel Burrow uncorks a pitch during the Lion's Thursday afternoon game at Westside.

Birmingham singled, doubled, had two RBI and scored a run while Sweatman had a pair of singles and scored once. Levi Stroud delivered a two-run double. Clark laced a two-run single while Navarro belted a run-scoring single while adding a run. Perez and Burrow both had base hits. Layne Sims, Grant Salzer, Lopez, Perez and Parker all scored runs.

Manila faces Rivercrest Monday afternoon at home in a crucial 3A-3 conference game. The Lions host Piggott Tuesday in another league battle before taking on Brookland Thursday in a nonconference game at home. Manila closes the week at conference foe Corning on Friday.

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