Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Triple play was ‘awesome’

April 14, 2005

It may have seemed a bit odd to see a smile glowing on Lansing High freshman Amanda Darrow's face after the Lions dropped a doubleheader to Mill Valley on Friday evening, but the LHS second baseman had good reason.

She snagged the fourth-inning line-drive that served as the first out of a triple play - the first one that anybody in attendance could recall happening on the Lansing softball field.

"It was awesome!" Darrow said about the play.

It also was the highlight of an otherwise shaky day for the Lions (2-2). They dropped game one of the twinbill, 5-4, as a result of four defensive errors. Then they fell in the second game, 8-2, and committed two more errors.

"If we play errorless ball," LHS coach Terry Cornett said, "it's tough to beat us. We made a couple errors that nearly got us the other night up at Atchison. You make four errors in one game at pivotal times, you just can't."

But the Lions did, and that proved to be their downfall. They were able to take some comfort, however, in knowing they pulled off one of the most difficult plays in softball. It began with Darrow's catch and continued when she flipped the ball to shortstop Jessica Kane at second base for a force out.

There also was a runner on third base, though, and she tagged up and headed for home.

"I didn't know if Jessie saw the girl break," Cornett said.

She did, and she fired a bullet to senior Maggie Aus at the plate. In a bang-bang play, the Lions recorded out No. 3.

"That was pretty cool," Aus said of pulling off the historic play. "That was probably the highlight of the game."

"I didn't even think anything was going on," she added. "I didn't think it was that big, and then everybody was all excited and I was like, 'Oh, we got a triple play!'"

Triple play aside, Cornett said his squad still has some kinks to work out. For starters, he'd like to have his full lineup back so players can return to their normal positions.

During Friday's games, Aus switched from third base to catcher, freshman Morgan Chiles started at third base, freshman Jasmine Holland started in left field and freshman Sara Logan was called up from the junior varsity to start in right field.

Cornett said he expects to have most of his players available soon, but he doesn't know when junior catcher Nichole Twitchel - the team's top hitter - will return. She missed Friday's twinbill with an unidentified illness.

"Twitchel: we really miss her bad," Cornett said.

Hitting also must improve, he said. The Lions produced plenty of hits, just not in timely situations. That was their Achilles heel last year, too.

"We were hitting really good (in the first game) but I don't think it all came together," Aus said. "We had really good hits but it never strung out."

The Lions will have to refocus and bounce back quickly. They play Bonner Springs at 4:30 p.m. today at Lansing City Park and then travel to Santa Fe Trail on Tuesday.

"I just hope that they don't let this get them down," Cornett said of the two-game skid. "We've got a long season yet. We've got 16 more games and they've just got to keep plugging away."

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