Harlem rallied in the last two innings today to saddle Jake Lanning with as many defeats as he had all last year and two-time defending NIC-10 baseball champ Hononegah with as many as it had in the last TWO years. Harlem scored two runs in each of the last two innings to edge Hononegah 6-5 today in its NIC-10 baseball opener.
Lanning, 11-1 with a 1.74 ERA last year, took the loss, in part because of some bad luck. He was lifted after giving up three straight singles to begin the bottom of the seventh — two infield singles and a blooper to left.
Hononegah (4-4, 1-1) had been 35-1 in the NIC-10 the previous two years. “I can’t remember the last time they lost a game in conference,” Harlem coach Doug Livingston said.
Harlem (5-7, 1-0) had been playing poorly until it rallied from a 5-0 deficit to snap a four-game losing streak last week.
“This feels really good,” shortstop Hunter Bonne said after hitting a walk-off single with two outs in the seventh. “We’re counting it as preseason and putting that behind us, trying to go out there and get the job done when we need it to get done.”
For the first time in three years, Hononegah will spend a day when its not in first place in the NIC-10 baseball race.
“It’s different,” said Lanning, who had three hits, including two doubles, “but we can’t let it get to us. … It’s only one game. There are plenty more to come.”