YORKTOWN - The Lion baseball team traveled to Yorktown for a conference double header with the Tigers Friday. Yorktown posted a sweep by winning the first game 10-1 and the second 14-9.
In the opener, Yorktown scored eight runs on eight hits in the first two innings.
Rushville scored in the top of the fourth as Kyle Hoeing and James Brashaber led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Austin Niehoff drove in a run with a 1-out single, but the Tigers got out of the inning without any more damage.
For the game, Brian Busald had two hits. Hoeing, Brashaber and Niehoff had the other singles for the Lions. Mark Busald suffered the loss on the mound after going the first three innings. Niehoff relieved and pitched three solid innings - allowing a single run on two hits.
In the second game, Yorktown again took an early 6-0 lead with three runs in the first and second innings.
In the bottom of the second, Niehoff drew a 1-out walk and scored on a double by Mark Busald.
After slowing the Tigers in the third, Hoeing and Brashaber singled and Hunter Orme drew a walk to load the bases. Niehoff’s single scored two Lion runs and Mark Busald doubled to plate two more runs. The deficit was cut to 6-5.
The Tigers stormed back with two runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth to lead 14-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lions again mounted a rally. With one out, Austin Maggard, Hoeing, Brashaber and Orme had consecutive singles. A Niehoff sacrifice fly followed to score another run and Brian Busald added a double. Rushville had cut the deficit to 14-9 heading to the seventh.
Rushville held Yorktown scoreless in the top of the seventh and loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but could not push across a run as the Tigers held on for the victory.
For the game, Rushville had 13 hits. Mark Busald had two doubles and a single. James Brashaber had three singles. Hoeing had two singles, with Maggard, Orme, Niehoff, Brian Busald, and Mitchell Wagoner adding one hit each.
The Lions are at home all week with contests Tuesday versus Jennings County and Wednesday versus Greensburg. The team will close out the week with a double header against Mt. Vernon Friday.
The junior varsity Lions dropped two games at Yorktown Saturday.
In the first game, the Tigers took advantage of nine Rushville errors to score 20 while holding Rushville to four. Jim Jones had a hit and a run scored. Keith Tressler singled and scored for the Lions.
In the second game, Rushville held the Tigers to just seven hits, but fell 11-3. Tressler pitched 4 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. Michael St. John pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Kris Combs and Caleb Wiles had hits for the Lions.
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