Lions sweep Saturday doubleheader in Easter slam

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Manila completed the Easter Slam Tournament with a doubleheader sweep in high school baseball action Saturday afternoon. The Lions began the day with a 7-4 victory over South Gibson in Trenton, Tenn., before knocking off host Dyersburg, Tenn., 15-3, later that afternoon. The Lions began the tournament Thursday afternoon, dropping a 4-2 decision to Marion.

Ethan Navarro earned the victory over South Gibson, working three innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. Michael Jorgensen notched the save, firing three shutout innings, allowing just one hit. The Lions fell behind 2-0 entering the fourth inning, but put together a two-out, seven-run rally which began when Jeremiah Perez reached on an error. Jorgensen and Brett Sweatman both drove in two runs each during the offensive outburst. Jorgensen finished 3-4 on the day and scored a run while Sweatman had a pair of base hits. Navarro cracked an RBI single and scored a run while Franklin Patterson belted a two-run single. Layne Sims and Brock Birmingham both added a hit apiece. Sims, Birmingham, Navarro and Sweatman all scored a run each.

Jorgensen got the win in Manila's victory over Dyersburg. Jorgensen worked four innings, allowing two unearned runs on just three hits. The righthander fanned four and walked one. Birmingham finished the game, pitching two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits. The sophomore struck out three and walked a pair of batters.

Birmingham had a big day at the plate, going 2-4 with five RBI, including a base clearing double in Manila's four-run, sixth inning. Navarro singled, doubled and scored twice while Brady Clark had a pair of hits and scored a run. Sweatman singled, doubled, scored a run and had an RBI while Jorgensen laced a two-run single and scored twice. Abraham Lopez had an RBI single and crossed the plate twice. Jacob Tarver singled in a run while Sims and Michael Parker both had singles and scored two runs apiece. Anthony Lopez went 1-1 with a run scored.

Abraham Lopez went the distance but took the loss in Manila's game with Marion. Lopez allowed four runs, only one earned, while giving up six hits. Lopez struck out six and issued one base on balls. Birmingham had a pair of hits and an RBI while Abraham Lopez, Navarro, Sims and Patterson all had a hit a piece.

Manila begins a busy week with a road trip Monday afternoon to Bay. The Lions host a doubleheader Tuesday, taking on Trumann in the opener at 4:00 before facing Cooter, Mo., in the nightcap at 7:00. Manila travels to Wilson to take on rival Rivercrest Thursday before ending the week Friday against West Memphis.

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