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Raiders stay alive with victory

Lawrence tops Las Vegas, faces another elimination game this afternoon

August 20, 2006

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— No matter how their trip to the American Legion World Series ultimately turns out, the Lawrence Raiders left little doubt Saturday they're a resilient bunch.

Less than 12 hours after dropping their tournament opener and facing a win-or-go-home scenario, the Raiders responded with an early offensive explosion and found just enough pitching down the stretch to earn a 9-8 victory Saturday against Las Vegas.

The Raiders (38-8) were forced into the losers bracket after a 14-4 setback to Milton, Mass., in their tournament opener Friday. Rainy weather pushed back the start of that game to 10:59 p.m. - one minute before a curfew would have postponed the contest - and it didn't end until after 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

The late finish wasn't the only hurdle for the Raiders. They also needed to quickly forget an opener that saw them play just eight innings after Milton scored six runs in the final frame to win courtesy of the 10-run mercy rule.

Scott Heitshusen delivers a pitch against Las Vegas. The Lawrence Raiders squeaked by Vegas, 9-8, Saturday at the American Legion World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They will face elimination again at 1 p.m. today against Sumter, S.C.

Scott Heitshusen delivers a pitch against Las Vegas. The Lawrence Raiders squeaked by Vegas, 9-8, Saturday at the American Legion World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They will face elimination again at 1 p.m. today against Sumter, S.C.

Lawrence wasted little time rinsing away the bad taste, scoring seven times in the bottom of the second against Las Vegas to seize control. The Raiders built their advantage on small ball, using five singles, three walks, a balk and an error.

Continuing to play one base at a time, Lawrence scratched out two insurance runs in the eighth, and they proved huge.

Right-hander Scott Heitshusen - the MVP of the Central Plains Regional - kept Las Vegas largely in check through six innings, but the visitors scored six times in the final three frames, forcing him off the mound with no outs in the top of the ninth.

However, while allowing his lone inherited runner to score, left-hander Daniel Green encountered no further damage in finishing off the victory.

Lorenzo Ricketts finished 3-for-4 to lead the Raiders' 10-hit attack.

Lawrence faces another elimination game at 1 p.m. today against Sumter, S.C. Sumter slipped into the losers bracket following a 6-0 loss to Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.

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JimmyJoeBob 8 years, 8 months ago

ALWS Game 6: Lawrence (Kan.) 9, Las Vegas 8 Published: 08/19/2006 4:37 PM Updated: 08/19/2006 4:38 PM By: Jim Ecker - The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Lawrence rolled the dice and defeated Las Vegas despite committing six errors in a losers bracket game of the World Series today.

Lawrence scored seven runs for a fat 7-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but sloppy fielding helped Las Vegas rally and tie the game, 7-7, in the top of the eighth.

Lawrence responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 9-7 lead on an RBI single by Kyle Cross and an error by Las Vegas.

Lorenzo Ricketts went 3-for-4 for Lawrence and Nicholas Madl was 2-for-4

JimmyJoeBob 8 years, 8 months ago

And Daniel Green made a spectacular diving catch off the mound on a popped up bunt.

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 8 months ago

D Green Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big D

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