Shawnee Lawrence scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning and hung on for a 9-8 victory over Shawnee No. 327 to salvage a split of an American Legion baseball doubleheader Sunday at Mid-America Complex. The Raiders dropped the first game, 10-9.
Matt Berner, Troy Wingert and Derek Bailey delivered RBI hits in the decisive eighth inning. Eric Peterson, who relieved starter Kyle Unruh in the sixth, was the winning pitcher. Peterson is now 9-1.
"Although we split and the other team scored runs, I was really pleased and felt good about what we did," Raiders coach Carl Brooks said.
The Raiders, now 21-13, turned four double plays in the twinbill and didn't commit an error in the second game. A sparkling defensive play by Unruh from third base in the bottom of the eighth inning prevented a run.
"He made a diving stop and from the seat of his pants threw out the runner at home," Brooks said. "It was unbelievable play."
Wingert (3-for-4, two RBIs), Dallas Worley (2-for-3, two RBIs) and Rob Scott (2-for-4, RBI) led Lawrence's offense in the first game.
In the second game, Berner (3-for-5, RBI), Blake Dickson (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Josh Swenson (2-for-4, RBI) sparked Lawrence.
The Raiders will play Tuesday at KC Post 83.
Shawnee 327 10, Raiders 9
Raiders 031 003 29 11 2
Shawnee 327 111 223 x10 16 5
Blake Dickson, Dallas Worley (6) and Troy Wingert. Lindberg, Hardwick (7), Shaffer (7) and Garrett. WP Lindberg. LP Worley.
2B Lawrence: Josh Swenson; Shawnee 327: Moore, Hardwick, Fitzgerald. 3B Lawrence: Chris Barr; Shawnee 327: Jansen.
Raiders 9, Shawnee 8, 8 innings
Raiders 001 040 13 9 9 0
Shawnee 327 020 110 228 12 4
Kyle Unruh, Eric Peterson (6) and Cameron Taylor, Troy Wingert (6); Hardwick, Moore (8) and George. WP Peterson, 9-1. LP Moore.
2B Lawrence: Wingert, Derek Bailey, Blake Dickson; Quilty, Moore 3. 3B Lawrence: Swenson; Shawnee 327: Shaffer.