Baseball picks up pair of district wins

April 11, 2024

Payton Jones’ two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh pushed Colby Shannon across the plate to lead Comanche to a 5-4 come-from-behind district win and a doubleheader sweep at Lindsay on Tuesday.

The win came after a 10-6 win in game one, putting the Indians (8-9 overall, 5-3 district) in third place in District 3A-1 with games against Lone Grove and Marietta remaining.

Comanche had taken an early 3-0 lead in game two and held a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh when the Leopards rallied for three runs to take the lead.

The Indians, however, fought back in their half of the inning. Carson Vansickle walked and brought in the tying run with the bases loaded and two outs before Jones’ ground ball found a hole on the left side to bring in Shannon for the winning run. It was the second time in the game that Jones had driven in Shannon.

Comanche only had five hits in the game, but it would be enough as they took advantage of walks and Lindsay’s four errors.

Ty Lane, Cooper Dobbins, Evan Dodd, Shannon and Jones all had hits in the game. 

Vansickle pitched a complete game to get the win on the mound. He gave up six hits and four earned runs while walking four and striking out seven.

Comanche 10

Lindsay 6

Comanche scored five runs in the final two innings to break away from the Leopards in game one.

The Indians never trailed, scoring twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead before adding two more in the third to go up 4-0. Lindsay would rally to tie the game at 5 in the bottom of the fifth before Comanche retook the lead for good in the top of the sixth with three runs and then added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Payton Jones led the charge at the plate for Comanche, going 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. Ty Lane went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Carson Vansickle went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Kanon Clift had a double in the game. Cooper Dobbins, Colby Shannon and Clayton Brantner all had a hit in the game.

Landon Steele was the winning pitcher. The senior pitched 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs while giving up four walks and striking out seven.

Cooper Dobbins came in to shut the door, tossing the final 1.1 innings.