Senior Troy Osterman threw 51/3 innings of solid relief Tuesday as the Lansing baseball team opened defense of its state Class C title with an 8-5 victory over Marathon in Interscholastic Athletic Conference season-opening play.
Osterman came in with the bases loaded in the second inning and got out of the jam with minimal damage before settling into a rhythm over the next five innings before giving way to Sam Currie in the seventh.
“Troy was great, he really bailed us out and gave us 51/3 innings of solid pitching,” Lansing coach Stuart Dean said. “For our first game, we did some things well, but by and large we’ve got a fair amount of things to work on, and I think that’s being generous.”
Starting pitcher Alex Schutz went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Currie had a triple and drove in two runs for the Bobcats, who went 26-0 last season and won the state championship with a 5-3 victory over Haldane in the title game at Johnson City.
The Bobcats are scheduled to play on Thursday at Dryden, but Dean said that the Purple Lions’ field is still covered with snow. The game might be switched to Lansing, and the scheduled game later in the season at Lansing would be played in Dryden.
* Lansing 13, Marathon 12 (8 inn.): The Bobcats (1-0) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, then won it with a run in the eighth. Kayla Link went the distance in the circle for Lansing.