NEWTON Lack of pitching finally caught up with Lawrence's Raiders.
Salina beat Lawrence, 11-6, Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the 2001 AAA American Legion state tournament at Klein-Scott Field, bring the Raiders' post-season run to an end.
Lawrence coach Carl Brooks knew he did not have a lot of options for whom to send to the mound in the team's second game. He started Blake Dickson, who got the win in Lawrence's first game on Saturday, but he lasted only two innings and gave up five runs on five hits.
Josh Swenson, who started Saturday's opener, pitched four innings of relief and gave up one run on one hit in his first three innings. But Salina figured out Swenson in the sixth. Their first four batters reached base and all scored the first was hit by a pitch, followed by two bunts and then an intentional walk.
In the top of the seventh inning Salina pitcher Ryan Brin struck out the side for the win.
The Raiders (37-19) were not without their chances, though. In the sixth inning Rob Scott started the inning with an infield single and reached second on Matt Berner's single. Troy Wingert advanced them with a fielder's choice.
Then the wheels fell off, though. Scott was caught stealing home on a botched play. With Madill still at-bat, Salina's coach came out of the dugout to argue the strike count with the home plate umpire.
After a moment of arguing, Brooks left his post as third base coach, trotted across the infield and bumped the Salina coach out of the way. The Salina coach needed to be restrained by his assistants and he and Brooks exchanged words as Lawrence's coach made his way back to third base.
While the excitement riled up the crowd, it did little to the Raiders.
Madill grounded out to end the inning and Salina scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the Raiders' season.
In the first game, the Raiders came back from two three-run deficits in the fifth and sixth innings to beat Newton, 11-9.
Down 9-6 in the top of the sixth inning, Lawrence's first three batters scored. Swenson scored the tying run on Scott's double and Scott scored the go-ahead run on a Berner ground out.
Even though Brooks said he was happy to win the game, he was not pleased with his team's defense.
"That is about as poorly defensively as we have played all year," he said in reference to his team's eight errors. "But you can still win by doing that. The way you lose games is when you walk people. Hits, plus errors, plus walks and you don't have much of a chance. But our pitchers don't give up many walks."
Dickson, who was credited with the win, was the Raiders' third pitcher of the game and also the most effective. He struck out the first batter he faced in the fifth inning to end a four-run scoring binge by the Knights and gave up no runs and two hits in 21*3 innings of relief.
Lawrence 11, Newton 9
Lawrence 200 045 0 11 10 8
Newton 102 240 0 9 15 1
Josh Swenson, Aaron Madill (4), Blake Dickson (5) and Troy Wingert. 23, Lance Kasitz (5) and Seth Marlar.
HighlightsRob Scott 3-for-4, 2 3B, 2B, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI; Matt Berner 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored; Dallas Worley 2 RBI, 3B, run scored; Blake Dickson 21*3 IP, 3K, 2 hits, 0 runs.
Salina 11, Lawrence 6
Lawrence 021 300 0 6 9 2
Salina 321 005 x 11 10 2
Blake Dickson, Josh Swenson (3) and Troy Wingert. Brett Wilson, Ryan Brin (5) and Mick Gordon.
WP Brin. LPSwenson.
HighlightsCameron Taylor 2B, RBI, run scored; Josh Swenson 2B, RBI, run scored; Rob Scott RBI, run scored; Dallas Worley 3B; Matt Berner RBI, run scored; Troy Wingert threw out three baserunners trying to steal.