Diamond Lions complete perfect 5-0 week

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Manila completed a perfect 5-0 week on the baseball diamond with a doubleheader sweep over Rivercrest and East Poinsett County Saturday at Lion Field.

Manila took the opener over the Colts 5-4, behind the strong pitching performance of Michael Jorgensen. Jorgensen worked six innings, giving up three runs, one earned, while scattering six hits. Brett Sweatman pitched the seventh inning, allowing one earned run on one hit. Both pitchers fanned two and walked one batter apiece.

The Colts got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Manila answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame before tacking on two more in the second for a 3-2 lead. Rivercrest drew even with a run in the fifth before the Lions struck with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab a 5-3 lead.

Brock Birmingham went 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Brady Clark also had three hits and an RBI. Jorgensen helped his own cause, lashing a pair of singles while adding an RBI and a run scored. Sweatman had an RBI double while Ethan Navarro singled and scored twice.

In the nightcap, Manila posted a 5-4 win over EPC. Sweatman slugged a game winning two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to rally the Lions to victory. Navarro gained the win in relief, allowing one run on two hits. Abraham Lopez pitched the first six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Lopez struck out eight and did not allow a walk.

Lopez and Clark both ripped RBI singles while Jorgensen added a single and scored twice. Franklin Patterson also had a base hit.

The Lions clubbed Woodland, Missouri, 14-0 in a five-inning contest Friday at Marble Hill, Mo. Birmingham got the win, pitching two shutout innings. Sweatman worked a pair of perfect innings, striking out five while Navarro pitched one inning of one-hit ball.

Clark went 2-2 with a triple, a single and three runs scored. Birmingham had a pair of singles and scored twice while Sweatman and Lopez both doubled and scored runs. Navarro, Jeremiah Perez and Kason Grissom all singled.

Manila kicked off the week by sweeping a doubleheader Tuesday at Osceola. The Lions took the opener 15-0 and the nightcap 19-0.

The Lions will travel to Lepanto to face EPC Monday before hosting Riverside Tuesday. Manila will travel to Westside Thursday, closing the week with a home game against Rector on Saturday.

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