Sims' game winner lifts Lions past Corning in extra innings

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Manila’s Layne Sims belted a game winning RBI double in the bottom of the 12th inning. (photo provided)

Manila’s Layne Sims belted a game winning RBI double in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Lions to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Corning in a marathon semifinal matchup in the 3A-3 District Tournament Saturday at Walnut Ridge.

The Bobcats got on the board in the first inning, scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead. The score held firm until the bottom of the seventh when the Lions rallied to tie the score on Michael Jorgensen’s two-run single. The two teams put up goose eggs over the next four and a half innings until Sims delivered the game winner.

Sims finished with a pair of hits as did teammates Joel Burrow and Brady Clark. Abraham Lopez worked the final three and one third innings to earn the victory. Lopez allowed no runs on just one hit and struck out three Bobcats. Jorgensen got the start and pitched the first eight and two thirds innings. Jorgensen allowed two runs, six hits, fanned eight and walked two.

Mason Silberstein, who went 2-4 at the plate for the Bobcats, took the loss on the mound. Silberstein pitched five and one third innings, allowing one run on three hits. The righthander fanned four and issued four bases on balls. Seth George started for Corning, going six and two thirds innings. George gave up two runs, eight hits, struck out two and walked two.

Manila will face host Walnut Ridge in Monday’s championship game.

The Lions advanced to the semifinals by clobbering Hoxie 18-2 Wednesday. Brock Birmingham slammed a homerun for Manila.

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