Lunatics advance at USSSA State Tourney
Shawnee The Lunatics, a competitive fastpitch softball team featuring three players from Lansing, advanced to the final six at the USSSA State Tournament on Sunday morning at Mid-America West Sports Complex.
The Lunatics beat the Basehor-Bonner Lady Sox 2-0 during an elimination game that was marred by an early officiating controversy but capped off by a steady barrage of hits by the Lunatics.
The Lady Sox stranded a runner on base in the top of the first, and the Lunatics answered by plating a run in the bottom of the inning. A two-out rally that included two singles and an error led to a run scoring. Controversy arose late in the inning, though, when Lunatics shortstop Katie Thompson - a 2004 Lansing High School graduate - was called out for runner interference. The home plate umpire overruled the field umpire's call, however, and then called out the runner at first who had left the field because Thompson would have been the third out. Coaches from both teams came out of the dugouts to argue the call. A 20-minute delay ensued as the umpires sorted out the play. Ultimately they called all runners safe and overturned the correct call. It proved to be inconsequential in the final score because the next batter flew out.
The Lunatics smacked three singles and plated another run in the second inning. That was all the offense they needed because they played solid defense all game and limited the Lady Sox to just four hits.
The Lunatics advanced to the final six with the victory and were slated to play again at 12:30 p.m. Sunday against either Chapman or the Topeka Explosion.