Lions sweep Rebels in diamond action

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Manila swept a pair of games from Riverside in high school baseball action last week. The Lions, 15-2 on the season, defeated the Rebels 7-1 Wednesday at Manila before routing Riverside 11-4 Thursday at Lake City.

Michael Jorgensen went the distance, throwing a one-hitter in Manila’s victory on Wednesday. The senior righthander struck out four while issuing just one walk. Senior Dillon Turner suffered the loss for the Rebels, going six innings, allowing six earned runs. Turner surrendered 11 hits, struck out five and walked one.

Brock Birmingham laced three singles, scored twice, and drove in a run while Jeremiah Perez singled, scored once and delivered four RBI to lead Manila’s offense. Layne Sims singled, doubled and scored twice. Jorgensen belted a pair of singles; Joel Burrow cracked an RBI single while Anthony Lopez bashed a double and scored a run. Michael Parker singled and scored a run while Brady Clark added an RBI.

Manila broke a 3-3 tie with Riverside in Thursday’s game, scoring five times in the top of the fifth. Brady Clark delivered the big blow, hammering a two-run double to put the Lions on top for good. Clark finished the day with a single, a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Birmingham, Sims, and Perez all cracked two singles each. Burrow doubled, drove in three runs, and scored once. Anthony Lopez belted an RBI double and scored a run while Jorgensen singled and scored twice. Parker and Austin Harmon both crossed the plate one time apiece.

Burrow earned the victory, going the distance, allowing four earned runs on five hits. Burrow struck out three and walked three. Charlie McClure absorbed the loss, pitching four and 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits. The senior southpaw fanned five and walked one. Ryan Austin pitched two and 2/3 innings, giving up three unearned runs on five hits.

The Lions began the week, dropping a 6-2 decision Monday at Corning. The Lions jumped on top 2-0, getting an RBI single from Burrow in the top of the first inning. But the Bobcats answered with a three-run first of their own and tacked on three more in the fourth in route to the win.

Seth George gained the victory on the mound for the Bobcats, working six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Beau Young went 2-3 and drove in a pair of runs.

Abraham Lopez took the loss, going five and 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Birmingham led the Lions at the plate with a single and a double. Jorgensen and Parker also had base hits.

Manila ended the week with a 7-1 victory Friday at Westside. Clark delivered the big blows for the Lions, slamming two-run homers in both the first and seventh innings. Clark finished with three hits, four runs scored and four RBI. Sims also blasted a homerun, singled, and doubled while driving in three. Birmingham cracked a pair of singles and scored a run while Jorgensen had a base hit and scored once. Burrow, Anthony Lopez, and Perez all added singles.

Parker earned the victory, pitching five and 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run. Parker gave up just three hits while fanning five and walking four. Abraham Lopez finished the game, going one and 1/3 innings, giving up two hits.

The Lions return to action Monday with a road trip to Osceola. Manila hosts Gosnell Tuesday before finishing the week on the road Thursday at Rivercrest.

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