Archive for Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Cavalry to clash with Basehor tonight

June 22, 2005

So what if the Lansing Cavalry lost three out of four games last weekend at the Lawrence Tournament.

So what if they gave away two of those games because of errors.

Neither are reasons to believe the Cavalry have lost any confidence heading into their doubleheader against Basehor at 6 tonight at Lansing High School.

If anything, the losing skid serves as extra motivation, coach Jake Hanson said.

"I think it's set up very nicely for us (to bounce back)," Hanson said. "Basehor will always come out and compete, so if we don't come out and play well, then anybody can beat us."

The Cavalry (6-3) are fired up for tonight's twinbill for a number of reasons. First, there's the motivation of getting back on the winning track. Then there's the Kaw Valley League rivalry aspect because players from both squads compete in the same conference during the high school season.

Mostly, though, the motivation comes from the fact that three LHS students play for Basehor, so bragging rights are on the line.

"We want to beat them. That's the main thing right there," Cavalry pitcher and first baseman Matt Mowery said. "We want to come out swinging, and hopefully we can get some wins out of it."

Even though they've lost three of their last four games, the Cavalry have plenty of reasons to be confident entering the Basehor series. Among those reasons is the fact that Mowery and left fielder Mike Bayless both have been red-hot with their bats this summer. Their success at the plate continued throughout the weekend as both players ripped timely hit after timely hit.

Catcher Lonnie Hansen also has been a constant threat both at the plate and with his arm. He has averaged more than one pick-off per game this summer and is among the team's leaders in on-base percentage.

Two causes for concern are injuries to pitcher/infielder Conn Blakley and utility player Josh Coleman. Blakley hurt his shoulder last week. Coleman injured his finger Saturday against Olathe East.

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