Outlaws snare pair with Olathe East
Eudora ? Although it was accomplished with contrasting styles, the Lawrence Outlaws swept Saturday’s youth baseball doubleheader with Olathe East, improving to 7-6 on the season.
In the first game, the Outlaws had their limits tested. Lawrence took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, set up by two errors by Olathe East first baseman Brian Brown. Two of those runs were produced from a double by Lawrence’s Aaron Westerhouse.
Lawrence pitcher Josh Sanderson gave up just two hits while holding Olathe East scoreless through four innings. In the top of the fifth, a two-run double by Olathe East’s Jeff Skillman capped a four-run inning, making it 4-3.
The teams were tied at 5 after seven innings, sending the game into extra frames. After Olathe East took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, Lawrence played small-ball to tie the game at 6. Then, a sacrifice fly by Travis Hart scored Cole Massey from third to give Lawrence a 7-6 victory.
Sanderson worked all nine innings for the Outlaws, but what was more impressive was the extra zip on his pitches in the later innings, which he attributed to frustration.
“We made some mental errors, and it should have been over a lot sooner,” Sanderson said. “I was getting kind of frustrated and wanted to get it over with.”
The frustration felt by Sanderson also was seen in his team. All of that anger was unleashed at the plate in the day’s second game.
The Outlaws spotted Olathe East a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but then scored six runs in the bottom half. Behind solid pitching from Josh Winter and Joe Kaup, Lawrence put away Olathe East, 10-2, in six innings.
“There was a lot of frustration,” Outlaws coach Matt Schubert said. “They felt they should have hit that first pitcher a lot better.
“We talked a little between games about playing with some more intensity, and they came out with some more intensity and hit the ball well.”
The Outlaws will face Emporia on Tuesday in Eudora.