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Baseball: Lansing tops Fern Creek, Ky., in Babe Ruth regional opener

Updated: July 18, 2013 10:06PM



There’s a certain comfort level for the Lansing Redbirds this week, and it shows in the results.

The Redbirds opened their bid for a second straight Senior Babe Ruth (16 to 18) World Series berth when they rolled past Fern Creek, Ky., 14-8 on Thursday afternoon in a pool-play opener of the Ohio Valley Regional at Chesterton (Ind.) High School.

Justin Pasko hit a grand slam and earned the win for Lansing (31-7), which opened an early 12-1 lead and coasted home. Dom Sciackitano added a two-run homer for the Redbirds, who are made up almost entirely of current and former T.F. South players.

Many of them are veterans of last year’s regional champs.

“We know what to do, know how to play to get to the championship,” said Pasko, a T.F. South grad who hasn’t made a college choice yet. “We have a bull’s-eye on our back. But that just gives us more confidence that we’re the best team here.”

The Redbirds certainly looked like it early, scoring four times in the first, six in the second and two in the third.

“Early it was great, but we kind of took the foot off the gas a little bit and made (the game) longer than it should have been,” Lansing manager Mike Mosele said. “But give credit to them. They hung around, they stuck with it when they could have bailed out really easily.”

Sciackitano and Brian Seymour had three hits each for Lansing. Sciackitano scored three times.

The Redbirds have two more pool-play games on Friday, at 1:30 p.m. against the Schererville (Ind.) Indians and at 6 vs. Madison County (Ind.) Elite.

After that comes a single-elimination bracket Saturday and Sunday, meaning teams could play six or seven games in four days.

“We talked to our pitching staff (and said), ‘To do this, we have to be deep,’ ” Mosele said. “’And we’ve got to push each other.’

“We sent (Pasko) out there first, told him to go out and set the tone.”



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