Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Baseball fed up with rain

Lions eager to play, build momentum

April 14, 2005

The Lansing High baseball team has had a tough time building momentum this season, but it hasn't been for a lack of trying.

The Lions simply haven't had many games. In fact, they only have played one day this season - a doubleheader against Mill Valley on Thursday.

The Lions burst to a 4-0 lead in the first game before falling 6-4. Then they responded with a 9-4 victory in game two behind solid pitching from juniors Cody Mohan and Jeff Terrill.

Lansing had hoped to carry the momentum from its victory into a Monday doubleheader at Turner, but that game was rained out. It was rescheduled for Tuesday, but again rain forced the contest to be canceled. It will be rescheduled at a future date, possibly April 26.

It's not the first time a LHS baseball twinbill has been pushed back this year, either. The season-opening series at Atchison, originally slated for March 31, was pushed back to May 6 because Atchison's field still was under construction. By now, most teams in the state have played at least six games, but Lansing has played just two.

"It's pretty frustrating," LHS coach Terry Stueve said. "This is what the kids practice all these long hours for, and to not get to play is pretty tough. But obviously (Monday) night we had a lot of rain and we had standing water on our field so we were unable to play at our place, too."

LHS caught a break from the weather last year, Stueve said.

"We were kind of spoiled last year in that we didn't have to go indoors or miss too many games," Stueve said. "I kind of forgot what baseball in Kansas is like after last year."

The Lions (1-1) hope to snap their streak of cancellations today. Varsity is slated to play a 4 p.m. twinbill at Bonner Springs.

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