Senior Babe Ruth: Lansing falls in semifinals
BY MIKE CLARK email@example.com July 22, 2013 11:38AM
Lansing Redbirds Alex Schell is out at first base in the 7th inning of the Senior Babe Ruth (16-18) Ohio Valley Regional semifinal game July 21, 2013, in Chesterton, Ind. Lansing lost 10-7 to Fern Creek (Ky.). | Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 22, 2013 11:49AM
The Lansing Redbirds had a hard time putting away Fern Creek (Ky.) on Thursday even after opening an 11-run lead.
The margin for error was smaller on Sunday and the result was worse for the Redbirds.
Lansing dug itself out of an early three-run hole to go up by two runs, but couldn’t hold off Fern Creek in a 10-7 loss Sunday afternoon at Chesterton (Ind.) High School.
The defeat in the semifinals of the Senior Babe Ruth (16-18) Ohio Valley Regional ended the Redbirds’ quest for a second straight regional title and World Series berth.
Fern Creek, which lost 14-8 to Lansing in pool play, wound up falling 3-2 to the Fond du Lac (Wis.) Blue Bombers in the title game.
“We had a flat day,” Redbirds manager Skip Moore said. “Unfortunately there were four errors that really cost us. We didn’t execute. ... They took advantage of every opportunity we made a mistake on. I tip my hat to them.”
Fern Creek jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the first on Lincoln McBride’s three-run double with two out.
But Lansing (34-8) scrambled back ahead with a run in the bottom of the first on losing pitcher Alex Schell’s sacrifice fly and four more runs in the third. Schell singled home the first run in that rally and Danny Janowski put the Redbirds up 5-3 with a bases-loaded triple.
Fern Creek tied it 5-5 with a pair of runs in the fourth and went ahead to stay with a four-run sixth.
Brian Seymour’s two-run homer to left in the bottom of the sixth pulled Lansing within 9-7 but the Redbirds couldn’t get any closer.
Danny Janowski finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Lansing and Kyle Janowski was 2-for-4 with a run.
Sunday’s result aside, Moore sees a bright future for the Redbirds after back-to-back state titles.
“There’s been nothing but growth,” he said. “We don’t have a ceiling for getting better.
“The two things I told the young men that they can control (are) their attitude and their effort. If they put in the hard work, everything else will work itself out.”
The bar is raised now, he added, with the expectation of being a regional power the norm.
“I won’t stand for anything else,” Moore said. “Nor do I think the program will.”