BAXTER SPRINGS - The Lions baseball team started their 2018 season with three wins. On Monday they traveled to Parsons. Because of wet weather they scrubbed the second game. Baxter Springs won the only game played 9-7.

On Thursday they opened their home season with St. Mary’s-Colgan, of Pittsburg, coming to Karnes Field. The Lions won the first game 12-2 in a five inning run rule. The second game went the full seven innings, with the Lions winning 9-4.

Against Parsons, Baxter Springs broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning with a solo run, and added one more in the fifth. In the top of the sixth the Vikings took a 7-3 lead. In the Lions bottom half of the inning they retook the lead with six runs, and the final score.

Sophomore Caleb Arnall led Baxter Springs on offense with a single, double, and a triple. He also had two RBI’s and a stolen base. Two freshman started their high school careers in fine fashion. Riley Bush had two base hits, a stolen base, and three RBI’s. Brayden Barnard collected a base hit, and scored his first run.

Junior lefty Landon Abbott pitched the first four innings. He finished with f strike outs, a gave four hits. Hayden Kipp came in the fifth inning to throw, and allowed one hit. Arnall received the win as he pitched the last two innings, striking out three, and allowing two hits.

Against Colgan in the first game the Panthers scored a run in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 start. The Lions came with their own two runs in their bottom half of the third. Baxter Springs blew the game open with 10 runs in the fourth.

Sophomore Zach Beeler pitched all five innings allowing only two hits. Beeler finished with eight K’s, walked two, and had zero earned runs.

In the game, the Lions had seven hits, with senior Vance Asquith rapping two base hits. Abbott also had two singles. Barnard, Billy Buck, and Blake Thiessen also had base hits.

In the second game against the Panthers, Colgan jumped out with three runs in the top of the opening inning. Baxter Springs answered back with four of their own in the first. They added one more in the second, and four more in the third to now lead 9-3. Colgan put one more run in the book in the fifth.

Kipp started on the mound and struggled to last 1 and 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs, with all being earned, on six hits. Arnall threw the next 2 and 2/3 innings, got the win, while striking out nine. Senior Brant Trease pitched the last 1 and 2/3 innings, striking out three.

For the game Abbott hit two singles, a double, and scored two runs. Colgan managed only four hits, but the Lions with nine runs scored, only had four hits. Trease knocked a double, and Arnall had a base hit.