Navarro's game winning single sends Lions past Rivercrest

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Manila right-hander Michael Parker fires a pitch during Tuesday afternoon's game against Brookland. (photo/Trent Fletcher)

Manila won three of four games last week in high school baseball action. The Lions eased past Rivercrest 2-1 Monday, scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the win. Manila dropped its first game of the year, losing to Brookland 8-4 Tuesday at Lion Field. The Lions rebounded with a 5-3 victory over Piggott Thursday at home before closing the week by hammering Armorel 10-0 Friday.

Ethan Navarro drilled the game winning walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Lions past the Colts. Rivercrest took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning before Manila evened the game, 1-1, on Layne Sims’ base hit in the bottom of the fifth. Neither team could score in the sixth or seventh frames, sending the game into extra innings.

Navarro finished with three base hits. Brady Clark had a pair of singles, Anthony Lopez and Jeremiah Perez both doubled, Michael Jorgensen singled and scored once while Brock Birmingham added a run.

Lion first baseman Anthony Lopez prepares to place a tag on an unidentified Brookland runner.

Jorgensen got the win in relief, firing two shutout innings of one-hit ball while striking out two and walking a batter. Lopez got the start, working six innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits. Lopez fanned eight and walked two.

Brookland handed Manila its first loss of the season, scoring four runs in the first two innings while going on to an 8-4 victory. The Bearcats out-hit the Lions 10-4 on the day.

Michael Parker suffered the loss for Manila, working six innings, allowing seven runs, four earned. Parker gave up 10 hits and struck out one. Joel Burrow finished the game, pitching one inning while giving up one run.

Sims cracked a two-run single, Burrow drilled a run-scoring double while Lopez singled and doubled. Birmingham scored twice while Jorgensen and Clark both crossed the plate once each.

Landon Jones led Brookland, blasting a two-run homer. Ben Robinson added a solo shot for the Bearcats.

Manila overcame an early three run deficit to Piggott, posting a come from behind 5-3 victory over the Mohawks Thursday at Lion Field. Manila picked up a run in the bottom of the first and took the lead for good, scoring three runs in the third, highlighted by Clark’s two-run single. The Lions added a run in the fourth inning.

Jorgensen survived a shaky start and went the distance to pick up the victory. Jorgensen gave up three earned runs while surrendering seven hits. The senior right hander struck out four and issued no walks.

Clark had a single and drove in three runs for Manila. Birmingham belted a double and scored twice while Sims added a single. Abraham Lopez had an RBI while Jorgensen, Burrow and Anthony Lopez all scored runs.

Manila finished the week, shutting out Armorel 10-0 behind the two-hit pitching of Abraham Lopez. Lopez struck out six and issued just one base on balls. Anthony Lopez aided his brother, going 2-3, while Clark delivered the big blow, socking a homerun and finishing a perfect 2-2 on the day.

The Lions will return to action Monday at East Poinsett County. Manila will travel to Harrisburg Tuesday before finishing the week by participating in the Batesville Tournament Friday and Saturday. Manila’s first game will be against Mountain View Friday afternoon.

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