Lions looking strong before storms hit
Soccer, baseball winning; softball tied when games called for weather
A tornado warning and thunderstorms forced the cancellation of numerous Lansing High sporting events Thursday afternoon.
Varsity softball and baseball both were playing home games and had their games called midway through because of the weather. The girls' soccer team was on the road at Piper.
The LHS track team also was competing at Louisburg. It is believed that the meet was halted for weather although The Current obtained no official word from the track meet. Three LHS track athletes - seniors Tiffany Turner and Sara Eustice and junior Amanda Radovich - are slated to compete Friday at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence.
Baseball and softball are expected to be rescheduled, possibly for as soon as Friday. Soccer likely will be rescheduled for sometime in the next two weeks. Lansingcurrent.com will have all rescheduling information as soon as it is made available. Check lansingcurrent.com at 11:30 a.m. Friday for an update.
All three teams were midway through games when the weather hit.
The LHS soccer team was on the road playing a rivalry game with Piper when the storm struck. The Lions (6-1) had 9:42 remaining in the first half when the game was called. They also had a 3-0 lead over the Pirates (4-2-1).
LHS clearly hadn't lost a step since cruising base Basehor-Linwood, 7-0, on Wednesday. Freshman Rachel Pride followed her two-goal effort against Basehor with a pair of first-half goals against Piper. Senior Kendra Sickinger added the Lions' other goal. Both of Pride's strikes were from about 30 yards out while Sickinger buried her goal off a slide.
"It was a league game and we knew we had to really push it," senior defender Christine Southard said of the Lions' fast start. "We were all pushing it and being as intense as we could be."
Piper's high-scoring forwards Kaylee Harkins, Alina Cawthon and Taylor Stitt never had a chance to find their rhythm against tough defensive play by Lansing's Michaela Bristow, Elizabeth Cristiano, Abby Hauver and Southard.
"Defensively we've been working on just staggering our defense, letting some girls go up and some stay back," Southard said. "We've been communicating well and just trying to stay in good position."
Because the Lions and Pirates didn't play a full first half, the game will have to be rescheduled. It will pick up right where it left off, however, so the Lions will keep their comfortable lead.
The challenge facing the Lions when the game is finished will be to not allow themselves to feel too cozy with the lead. Southard said that won't be a problem, though.
"I think we're going to be looking forward to it even more now just to see what we can do coming back fresh to a 3-0 situation," she said. "That's a unique situation for us. Piper's going to be ready now that they've seen some of our plays, but I think we're going to come out ready to play."
The LHS baseball team was leading Perry-Lecompton 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning on LHS field when the game was called because of bad weather.
The Lansing softball team also was playing at home Thursday when the storms struck. The JV softball squad was trailing Perry, 5-1, when the game was called. Meanwhile, the varsity squad was tied at 2-2 with Perry heading into the bottom of the third inning when the game was called.
Perry scored a run in the top of the first before LHS took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. Lansing's runs came when junior catcher Nichole Twitchel led off the inning with a double up the middle. She scored when senior pitcher Jessica Kane followed with a single. Kane scored when freshman Morgan Chiles reached base on an error by Perry's shortstop.
Perry tied the game in the top of the third after a Lansing error. Kane had four strikeouts in three innings on the mound when the storm rolled in.