Cavalry bounce back, beat SM East
Bayless, Mowery, Mohan solid in tournament victory
Lawrence Lansing Cavalry coach Jake Hanson knew the way his squad played during its two losses on Thursday at the Lawrence Tournament was not indicative of the type of team he has.
The team Hanson has grown accustomed to seeing - the squad that opened the season on a five-game winning streak - showed up Friday against Shawnee Mission East.
Starting pitcher Cody Mohan went the distance on the mound and also contributed with his bat as the Cavalry won 10-7 at Ice Field.
"It went much better than yesterday, so that's the important thing," Hanson said of his team's performance Friday, one day after being run-rule spread by the Lawrence Outlaws, 8-0, and Topeka Post 74, 10-2.
The Cavalry (6-2) certainly had plenty of room for improvement after Thursday's games, and Hanson said he was pleased that his players did a full role-reversal on Friday. When Hanson arrived at Lansing High School at 8 a.m. Friday morning when the team was scheduled to depart for Lawrence, he said many of his players already were at the field taking batting practice.
The extra practice carried over to the game against East. Lansing was scoreless for the first two innings but then erupted for five runs in the third. It plated another run in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
"We knew we were going to score runs, and we finally did in the third," Hanson said. "Cody really carried us today and a couple other guys were huge for us."
Hanson said he juggled the batting order a bit in order to spark the offense. Matt Mowery has been hot as of late - he belted a two-run homer against Ozawkie on Wednesday and was two-for-two at the plate against Lawrence - so Hanson moved him to fourth in the lineup. Leadoff hitter Mike Bayless has led the Cavalry in RBI all summer, so Hanson moved him to fifth in the lineup Friday. Both batters went three-for-four at the plate against East.
Although the Cavalry played significantly better Friday than Thursday, they weren't flawless. They had a pair of early errors, but still maintained their composure.
"The biggest thing today was not losing our cool," Hanson said. "Even though things went bad yesterday, we didn't have any major temper-tantrums. The guys stayed focused. We've got some pretty competitive guys on this team."
The Cavalry wrap up pool play at 10 a.m. Saturday against Olathe East at Free State High School. After that, they will wait to find out if they earned a spot in Sunday's playoff bracket. The top two teams in the pool advance to bracket play, so the Cavalry must win Saturday to have an outside shot at advancing.
Hanson said Mowery likely would start on the mound against Olathe East, with Johnny Stratton, Tom Kohl and Matt McMillin available for relief duties.