Lions celebrate senior day with 5-0 shutout victory over BIC

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
BIC second baseman Logan Harrison hauls in a pop up during Friday's high school baseball game at Manila.

Manila celebrated Senior Day with a 5-0 shutout victory over Buffalo Island Central Friday afternoon at Lion Field.

Manila jumped on top, scoring two runs in the first inning. Brock Birmingham got things started with a base hit. Michael Jorgensen followed with a single before Brady Clark drove in Birmingham with a base hit up the middle, putting the Lions ahead 1-0. Abraham Lopez followed with an RBI double, pushing the Manila lead to 2-0.

Birmingham doubled the Lion lead in the fourth inning by jacking a two-run shot over the right field fence. Layne Simsí sacrifice fly in the fifth inning closed out the scoring.

Manila shortstop Brock Birmingham checks his swing during Friday afternoon's game at Lion Field.† Birmingham slammed a homerun to help lead Manila past Buffalo Island Central 5-0 on Senior Day.† Lion seniors Michael Jorgensen, Brady Clark and Joel Burrow all played their last home game for Manila.†

Lopez earned the victory, working six and 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit. Lopez whiffed nine and walked three. Joel Burrow finished the game, getting the last two outs.

Birmingham finished 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Abraham Lopez also had two hits and an RBI while Jorgensen, Sims, Clark, Burrow and Anthony Lopez all singled. Michael Parker scored a run.

Chayse Carmichael took the loss, going five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits. Carmichael had BICís only hit, a fourth inning double.

The Lions began the week with a 15-0 shutout Monday over Paragould. Manila pounded out nine hits and was the beneficiary of seven walks.

Sims got the Lions off and running in the first inning by clouting a grand slam homerun. Sims finished with a double, a homer, four RBI and three runs scored. Jorgensen singled, doubled, drove in two and scored twice. Clark delivered a pair of RBI singles and scored a run. Jeremiah Perez produced two RBI singles and scored three runs, Birmingham belted an RBI single and scored once while Burrow, Ethan Navarro and Hunter Vuletich all scored runs.

Senior righthander Michael Jorgensen was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 8-0 on the season. Jorgensen allowed just two hits, fanned six and walked one.

Manila whitewashed Trumann 18-0 Tuesday on the road. The Wildcats hurt themselves, hitting four Lion batters, walking seven while committing four errors. Manila also stole five bases on the day.

Burrow threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit while striking out six and walking one. Parker pitched one inning, fanning two and issuing one walk.

Birmingham slapped a single, drilled a triple, had two RBI and scored twice. Abraham Lopez had a pair of singles, three RBI and scored a run. Jorgensen cracked two singles and scored two runs while Burrow slammed a two-run double and crossed the plate three times. Clark popped an RBI single and scored twice while Anthony Lopez and Jeremiah Perez both produced two-run singles and scored one run each. Jackson Imler singled, Parker had an RBI, Sims scored three runs while Navarro, Vuletich and Coby Hollis all scored a run apiece.

Manila will begin District Tournament play Monday afternoon when they take on Hoxie at Walnut Ridge.

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