Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Softball still searching for answer to error problem

May 5, 2005

Somewhere, somehow, the Lansing High softball team has to discover its spark. That much is certain, LHS coach Terry Cornett said.

For whatever the reason, be it injuries, errors or early-season suspensions, the Lions just haven't clicked this year. Their doubleheader split with Tonganoxie was no different as their play remained inconsistent.

Senior pitcher Jessica Kane dominated with a six-hitter, but six defensive errors led to four runs in a 5-2 loss in game one. The Lions played error-free ball in game two and supported junior pitcher Dana Sanders with 11 hits in a 4-3 victory in eight innings.

"We made some base hits and we made no errors," Cornett said of the second game. "We had some decent plays made that were not just ground balls. People had to make plays."

Those comments were in stark contrast to describing game one, though, as Cornett said, "You can't make six errors and expect to win a game. I don't care who they are."

It seemed the Lions (7-7 overall, 3-3 Kaw Valley League) were finished with their rollercoaster performances when they dominated Bishop Ward with a pair of 5-0 and 13-5 victories, but they quickly relapsed Tuesday.

So, why can't a veteran squad that played error-free ball and placed third at state last year find its groove this season?

"I don't know," junior catcher Nichole Twitchel said. "I think we could have been more enthusiastic and supported each other more. We just have to look inside and find it inside because the coaches aren't helping and other people aren't helping right now."

Cornett has been displeased with his players' pre-game preparation and general lack of focus.

"They've got too many other things they're talking about," he said. "They're not talking about softball. They're not talking about playing the game, getting a win or anything like that. They talk about everything else. They're just not being focused: not being prepared."

That lackadaisical nature spoiled Kane's strong performance Tuesday, and it has cost Sanders throughout the year.

LHS is running out of time to try to find its stride this season, but its next chance will come at 4 p.m. Friday at Piper.

Twitchel said she thinks the Lions will come out ready to get the job done against the Pirates. Cornett's not so sure.

"If that doesn't get 'em going, I don't know what will," he said. "I would think senior night would've generated it."

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