Baseball to play 12 games in 14 days
Lansing High baseball coach Terry Stueve couldn't help but laugh on Tuesday at the notion that his team was about to embark a 12-game stretch during the next 14 days.
"That," Stueve said, "is a lot of games."
Granted, those games will be played in the form of six doubleheaders, but no matter how you slice it, it still is a lot of baseball.
The Lions (7-3) began the long march by splitting with Turner (7-3 win in game one, 12-5 loss in game two) on Tuesday at THS. Next up is a 4 p.m. twinbill today against two-time defending 4A state champion Bishop Ward at LHS. Then comes a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Monday at Basehor-Linwood. Games with Piper, Atchison and Tonganoxie will round out the loaded two-week run.
Playing so many games in such a short period of time will be a challenge for the Lions, Stueve said, but he said it also would be a pivotal step in the team's maturity process.
"At practice we talked about how the first part of the season we've done some pretty good things and some things not so good," Stueve said. "We've talked about how this two weeks will be preparation for a making a postseason run. We've talked about focus and coming to practice every day with something in mind that you want to get better at, some specific skill."
Stueve said it would be important for LHS to utilize every second of practice because practice time would be limited the rest of the season.
"As a coach you like to have practices, and we're not going to have a lot of those, so we've got to get some things done on the field," he said.
Stueve said he had been pleased with the job Lansing pitchers Chris Wagner, Conn Blakley, Cody Mohan and Jeff Terrill had done thus far. Meanwhile, the Lions' hitting has improved, but Stueve said he would like to see it get even better.
"We still strike out way too much," he said. "I'd like to limit that to about three strikeouts per game."
Wagner's bat has been solid as of late, but Stueve said he has been especially pleased with the hitting of junior outfielder Mike Bayless and senior catcher Lonnie Hansen in recent games. Their consistent contact at the plate has given the Lions more confidence, Stueve said.