For the third time in their first five games of the 2016 season, SM East’s top-ranked baseball team held its competitor scoreless. And on Thursday, the Lancers’ bats went crazy as well.
Anchored by five innings of scoreless pitching by Luke Anderson, SM East improved its record to 5-0 with a 10-0 win over northeast Johnson County rival SM North at the 3&2 Baseball Complex in Lenexa. Anderson struck out five and walked two, giving up just one hit on the day to Indians sophomore Adrian Garcia.
On offense, the Lancers were led by Henry Churchill, who went three for three at the plate, knocking in five of SM East’s runs. Senior Joey Wentz went two for three, and walked in his second at-bat. He scored three times.
The game was called after the fifth inning after the mercy rule kicked in.
SM North pitcher Dillon Torello took the loss for the Indians.
The Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches’ latest poll put the Lancers in first place in the 6A class in the state. But their schedule gets difficult in the coming weeks as they face two of the better teams in the state — fourth-ranked Olathe South on April 21 and second-ranked Lawrence Free State on April 26 — over their next four games.