Lions claim Batesville tournament with 4-3 victory over Viola

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dalton Roork uncorked a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning, allowing the lead run to score, helping Manila rally to a 4-3 victory over Viola in the finals of the Batesville Invitational Baseball Tournament Saturday at Batesville.

The Lions trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth when Layne Sims drew a one-out walk. Abraham Lopez followed with a single before Michael Parker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Viola starter Andrew Cantway unleashed a wild pitch, scoring Sims from third, cutting the Longhorns’ lead to 3-1. Cantway walked Jeremiah Perez to fill the sacks again, prompting a pitching change.

The Longhorns brought in Roork in relief and Roork promptly plucked Brock Birmingham, scoring Lopez to slice the Viola advantage to 3-2. \Roork then unleashed a wild pitch, allowing Parker to trot in from third with the tying run. Roork’s third wild pitch of the inning scored Perez with what proved to be the winning run.

The Longhorns lost despite out-hitting the Lions 8-2. Parker doubled while Lopez singled for Manila’s only hits of the game. Parker picked up the win in relief, throwing an inning and a third of perfect ball. Lopez worked the first 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned. Lopez scattered eight hits, fanned three and walked two.

The Lions were aided by the wildness of Cantway and Roork, who combined for 11 walks, four wild pitches and three hit batsmen.

Manila advanced to the finals with a 17-1 romp over Mountain View. Manila led 3-1 entering the top of the third before exploding for 14 runs to put the game away. The Lions out-hit the Yellowjackets 10-2 on the day.

Freshman Austin Harmon earned the win, going three innings, allowing one earned run on just two hits. Harmon fanned five and walked two. Ethan Navarro doubled in the second, tripled in the third and drove in five runs to lead the Lion offense. Brady Clark had a bases clearing triple and scored twice, Birmingham singled twice and scored three runs, Abraham Lopez swatted a pair of base hits, drove in a run and scored twice while Joel Burrow delivered an RBI single and crossed the plate three times. Michael Jorgensen lined a base hit, Harmon scored twice and drove in a run while Anthony Lopez trotted home twice.

The Lions kicked off the tournament with a 14-0 whitewash of Rose Bud Friday. Senior righthander Joel Burrow fired a one-hit shutout, striking out eight while walking five to earn the victory. Navarro’s two-run double in the top of the first highlighted a four-run inning to put Manila on top. The Lions scored five more runs in the second, getting RBI hits from Navarro, Burrow, Clark and Abraham Lopez.

Navarro finished with a single, a double, three RBI and four runs scored to pace Manila’s offensive attack. Abraham Lopez had a two-run double while Burrow singled, drove in two and scored twice. Clark drilled an RBI single and scored a run. Anthony Lopez tripled and crossed the plate twice while Sims smacked a base hit and scored two runs. Jackson Imler walloped a two-run single while Birmingham scored a pair of runs.

The Lions began the week with a 10-0 victory Tuesday over Harrisburg. Manila scored four in the first and four in the fifth while banging out 11 hits on the day. Jorgensen gained the victory, going four innings, allowing one hit while striking out one. Lopez finished the game with two shutout innings of one-hit ball.

Burrow slammed a homerun, doubled, singled and drove in three runs while finishing just one hit short of the cycle. Sims singled, doubled and had three RBI while Clark belted a single, a double, scored twice and drove in one run. Jorgensen cracked a pair of singles, had an RBI and scored a pair of runs while Birmingham banged out a single, a double and crossed the plate twice. Lopez had an RBI while Perez scored a run.

The Lions return to the diamond Monday with a road trip to Hoxie. Manila will host Walnut Ridge Thursday before completing their week with a road game Friday to Brookland.

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