Lions gear up for district tournament with three wins

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Manila geared up for this week's 3A-3 district tournament with three more victories last week. The Lions upended Rivercrest 5-2 Monday at home, downed Piggott 9-2 Tuesday afternoon at Manila before battering Ridgefield Christian 21-3 Thursday in Jonesboro. Manila ended the week losing a tough 6-5 decision Friday at Corning.

Abraham Lopez fired 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win over Rivercrest. The freshman allowed just one earned run while scattering seven hits and striking out four. Junior Brett Sweatman picked up the save, working the final 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

Brock Birmingham cranked out a pair of singles and drove in a run to pace the Lion offense. Layne Sims popped an RBI single and scored a run. Ethan Navarro slashed an RBI single and scored once. Brady Clark belted a double while Joel Burrow dropped in a single and scored twice. Grant Salzer scored a run.

Sweatman pitched a complete game six-hitter in Manila's victory over Piggott. The right hander allowed two runs, none earned, while fanning six Mohawks.

Birmingham cracked a pair of singles, scored twice and had an RBI while Burrow drilled a two-run single and scored a pair of runs. Lopez belted an RBI single while Sweatman blasted a double. Sims singled and scored a run while Navarro added a single. Clark and Jeremiah Perez both had RBIs. Michael Parker scored a pair of runs while Salzer and Levi Stroud scored one run apiece.

Birmingham and Navarro combined for a seven hitter in Manila's 21-3 rout of Ridgefield Christian. The Lions pounded out 19 hits on the afternoon, led by Clark's perfect 4-4 performance, which included four RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Sweatman, Perez and Navarro all went 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBI each. Birmingham singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored once. Sims laced a pair of singles, scored twice and had an RBI. Lopez singled twice, scored twice and had an RBI while Burrow belted a bases-loaded double and scored two runs. Stroud and Parker both had RBI singles. Hunter Tarver scored twice while Salzer crossed the plate once.

In Manila's loss at Corning, Stroud and Sims both had two hits each for the Lions.

Manila returns to action with a road trip Monday to Osceola before closing out the regular season by hosting Armorel on Tuesday. The Lions will begin 3A-3 district tournament play this weekend at Corning.

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