Topeka The Lawrence High baseball team is going to state.
Lawrence defeated Washburn Rural, 9-1, on Wednesday night at Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association park in the second round of regionals. The Lions will return to Topeka next weekend at Hummer Sports Park to compete at state against a to-be-determined opponent.
Dorian Green pitched a complete game for LHS, struck out eight and gave up only one unearned run. Ontop of that, Green was 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, a triple and four RBI.
Lawrence High's baseball squad took its first step toward returning to state Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over No. 3 seed Manhattan at Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association park.
The Lions put together a three-run fifth inning, sparked by a leadoff hit from Dorian Green, to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.
"This is the best we've been swinging the bats," Green said. "We really swung it well and just fed off each other."
Senior Chase Muder knocked in Green and Aaron Rea with a double down the left-field line. After stealing third, Muder scored on a wild pitch, giving the Lions a 4-2 lead.
All three of Manhattan's runs were unearned.
"I wasn't really too worried about it, especially with the way we were swinging the bats today," said LHS starting pitcher Tom Schuh, who picked up the win. "I know we made those errors because we were playing hard, aggressive defense. And that's all I could ask for."
LHS will play at 7 tonight against Washburn Rural, which defeated Topeka High, 1-0. The winner will advance to the state tournament.
"Right now, everybody knows what's at hand," Green said. "So if you're not ready for this game you've got to be crazy."
For results from tonight's regional championship game, check back with www.ljworld.com.
For more from both games, read Thursday's Journal-World.