Outlaws advance with win against Lady Sox
Kane dazzles with 1-hitter; Stark highlights strong defensive effort
Basehor When the Lansing Outlaws step onto the field Sunday at Field of Dreams, they'll be attempting to repeat history at the AFA State Tournament.
"When we first started when we were 12 we won state," said Jessica Stark, the Outlaws' left fielder. "This is our last year, so it would be cool to win state again."
The Outlaws (14-9-2) moved one step closer to achieving that goal Saturday when they beat the Basehor-Bonner Lady Sox 4-1 in their first game of bracket play.
Lansing already had defeated the Lady Sox 9-2 on Friday during pool play, but the Outlaws showed no signs of a let-down during the rematch. The Lady Sox simply brought a better effort to the table this time.
"Yesterday I had a feeling that the could actually be able to do something, but they didn't bring it out," Stark said. "Today they'd been playing a game already so they were warm and they were prepared, and they knew this would be their last game if they lost, so they weren't prepared to go home just yet."
The Lady Sox showed plenty of fight early as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after earning their only hit of the day off Lansing starter Jessica Kane.
The Outlaws heated up in the bottom of the second, however, as they plated a pair of runs with a two-out rally. Stark walked and advanced to third on Kelly Fratzel's double to the fence in left field. Stark then scored on Becca Smith-Vandergriff's base hit. Fratzel scored on a single up the middle by Erika Rios that made the score 2-1.
"We had timely hits," Stark said of Lansing's eight-hit effort Saturday.
The Outlaws scored another run in the third when Nicole Holland singled to left and scored on a passed ball.
Outlaws advance at AFA State
The Lansing Outlaws beat the Lady Sox 4-1 during Saturday's bracket play action at AFA State. Here are scenes from the game.
The Lady Sox tried to rally in the top of the fourth with some solid contact at the plate, but they never were able to score a run. Stark robbed a Sox hitter of extra bases when she laid out for a line drive into the gap an snagged it. The next batter flew out to Holland at third.
The Outlaws pushed the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Stark singled to center and later scored when Smith-Vandergriff reached base on an error.
"We're playing well and we just hope it carries until tomorrow," Stark said.
Lansing will play Komotion at 11 a.m. Sunday in their first game of the day. Sunday's bracket play will be double-elimination.
- Jessica Hauver was 2-for-2 at the plate Saturday with a pair of singles.
- Jessica Stark was 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored.
- Becca Smith-Vandergriff was 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI.