After a series of rain outs, the Lions baseball team opened the season almost a week late by posting a 10-5 victory over the visiting Shenandoah Raiders.
The Lions scored seven runs in the middle three innings to bust the game open. Chase Hamilton led the attack with two hits and three runs batted in. Mitchell Wagoner, Keith Tressler, Michael St. John, Frank Sammons, and Caleb Wiles each added hits. Hamilton, Tressler and Wiles each scored a pair of runs, with Tressler stealing two bags.
Rushville pitchers did not allow a hit to Shenandoah until the top of the seventh. Brad Busald started and went three innings, striking out four. Wagoner pitched the final four innings to pick up the save. He stuck out five without walking a hitter.
On Wednesday Rushville traveled to Edinburgh and battled the Lancers in game two of the young season. Another strong outing by Lions’ pitching and a huge second inning propelled the young squad to its second victory of the season.
The team used eight hits and four walks to produce 13 runs during inning two - with every run scoring after two outs were recorded. For the game, the team scored 16 runs on 14 hits. Brad Busald notched three hits, including a double. Wagoner, St. John, Tague and Wiles each added two. One of Tague’s hits was a double. Frank Sammons scored three runs.
Lion pitchers produced another strong outing - limiting Edinburgh to only one hit and one unearned run. Tague started and pitched the first two innings. He struck out two and walked two without allowing a hit. Wiles pitched the final three innings to record a save in long relief. He allowed one hit and did not walk a batter. Eight of his nine outs were recorded via strike out.