SM East baseball fans couldn’t have asked for much more: A rare home game on a perfect May Saturday that ended with a 3-1 win over Bishop Ward.
Trey Austin on SM East’s recent success
The Lancers’ pitching and defense looked in top form as the team beat the Cyclones and now enters the final four games of the regular season, jockeying for a spot among the top three team in the region and a spot in the playoff bracket. Head coach Jerrod Ryherd said his squad is playing well down the stretch, and he was pleased with their showing Saturday.
“We pitched really good and played really great defense. Any time you’re able to do that, you’re going to be alright off,” he said. “I feel really confident with this team. They’ve got great team chemistry and they play hard.”
Senior Trey Austin had a standout day against Bishop Ward, going three for three at the plate and driving in one of the Lancers’ three runs. Austin also pitched five and a third innings, giving up no runs, striking out four and walking one. Sophomore Joey Wentz had a solid day as well, starting the game on the mound and giving up one run over one and two-thirds innings while striking out two. Wentz went one for three at the plate and drove in a run.
Gunnar Troutwine and Mitchell Tyler accounted for the Lancers’ other two hits on the day.
SM East is now 12-4 on the season, and will face Olathe Northwest, SM North, St. James Academy and SM South in its final four regular season games. State regionals play begins May 19.