Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Lunatics set bar higher

July 20, 2005

Terry Denney has high expectations for the Lunatics softball team this week when it competes at the American Fastpitch Association Class B National Tournament.

And why shouldn't he? After all, the Lunatics - a Leavenworth County softball team that includes four players with Lansing ties - has placed second in two tournaments this summer and also has a third- and fourth-place finish to its credit.

"After we got second in that first one," Denney said, "the girls have been wanting first ever since."

The Lunatics started their summer on a high note as they placed second in their first tournament, but as the season continued, injuries took a toll on their roster. That led to a mid-season slump.

"We had one week where we had three girls go to the hospital," Denney said. "One got her knuckles smashed. (Heather) Garza hurt her knee really bad - we thought she blew her knee out. Then out catcher got bulldogged and knocked out."

During the past few weeks, things have changed. Everyone is healthy again and, as a result, the Lunatics placed fourth last weekend at the USSSA State Tournament in Shawnee.

"We came into this past weekend strong," Denney said. "I think this weekend if they hold together and we don't get any injuries, we can go pretty far in the tournament."

NOTES

- Former Lansing High players Heather Garza and Katie Thompson play for the Lunatics. So does LHS senior-to-be Kasey Denney.

- Lansing native Meghan Fardelmann, a future Boston College hockey player, also plays for the Lunatics but will miss nationals for a hockey tournament.

- The Lunatics close out pool play at 11 a.m. today. Bracket play begins tonight and runs through Sunday afternoon.

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