Lions overcome early deficit, top Troopers in Region 6 tourney

Sean Williams/MDN Jett Lundeen (12) and Colton Feller (10) of the Bishop Ryan Lions celebrate after Lundeen scores a run against the Garrison Troopers on Monday afternoon.

Corbett Field was crowded on Monday afternoon, as an action-packed day of the Region 6 Tournament took place. Headlining a four-game slate was the No. 1-seeded Bishop Ryan Lions baseball team, as they matched up with a Garrison Troopers team who knocked off Central McLean to move on earlier in the tournament.

After finding themselves in an early hole, the Lions did not panic and spread out a balanced attack that saw them move on in regional tournament play with an 8-4 win over the Troopers.

Making noise early were the Troopers, with Treyson Iglehart driving in a run on a triple and then scoring on an error, plus Cooper Coble walked with the bases loaded in the top of the first to give Garrison a 3-0 lead.

The Lions were able to get a run back on an RBI single from Drew Zwak in the bottom half of the frame, however, the Troopers pushed it to a three-run game again in the top of the third when Grady Crawford walked with the bases loaded to make it a 4-1 ballgame.

From there, it was all Lions as they were able to score seven unanswered runs and eventually take the game by a final of 8-4. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Bennet Warren and Zwak made it a one-run game in the bottom of the third, with the Lions trailing 4-3 and looking for more.

After an RBI single from Carson Merck knotted the game at 4-4 in the fourth, Brady Feller walked with the bases loaded, giving Bishop Ryan their first lead of the game at 5-4. Once they gained the lead, they never lost it the rest of the way.

Putting the finishing touches on the win, the Lions got a run off of a Ramsey Walz sacrifice bunt and a two-run triple from Warren to bring the game to its final of 8-4.

Warren contributed to the win in multiple ways, as he pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Merck did too, where he managed to throw 2.2 scoreless innings to help keep Bishop Ryan in front.

At the plate, Warren led the Lions by going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI, followed by Zwak who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, B. Feller who went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI, and Jett Lundeen who went 2-for-3.

The Troopers were led by Braxton Iglehart who went 3-for-4, followed by T. Iglehart who went 1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, and Coble and Crawford who had an RBI each.

With the win, the Lions met the Surrey Mustangs in the Region 6 Tournament semifinals that took place at 7 p.m. last night. The Lions took down the Mustangs by a final of 9-8, and will take on the winner of the Surrey and Velva game in the Region 6 championship at 7 p.m. tonight.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper? *

Starting at $2.99/week.

Subscribe Today