The game started out with an early lead for the third seed Lancers Monday night as they took on the second seed Olathe East Hawks. After the second inning, the scoreboard read Lancers 4 Hawks 0. In the next inning, the Hawks were able to put a point up on the board by scoring one run, however the Lancers responded by scoring three more to the Hawks none in the next two innings. After the sixth inning, the scoreboard read Lancers 7 Hawks 1.
It wasn’t until the top of the seventh and final inning when an Olathe East player was able to slam a home run over the fence at the end of the field — bases loaded, along with two other runners-batted-in. After this inning, the game was tied up, 7-7. The Lancers went scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, forcing the game to go into an extra inning.
“Overall we played really well against a really good Olathe East team. We hit really well and played good defense all game until the end,” senior Mitchell Tyler said. “We just need to learn how to close out games better.”
An early runner-batted-in put the Hawks up 8-7 against the Lancers, and the Lancers were unable to respond with another run to tie up the game again. The Lancers were defeated 8-7 by the second seed, Olathe East.
“The loss stings pretty bad right now but really we just need to flush it and move on,” Tyler said. “I think we will just keep on playing good baseball and try and work extra hard to beat the sunflower league teams.”
According to Tyler, there is still plenty of baseball left to play, and the team hopes to host a regional and then make it on to play at Hoglund Ball Park for the state tournament.
The now 10-3 Lancers will play SM West on Thursday, May 1 at the SMSD 3&2 Baseball Stadium.