Lions hope to kick rainy day blues, play Jags
The Lansing High baseball team faced its fiercest competition of the young season Monday afternoon.
That's when LHS coach Troy Andrews' sixth-grade son, Rowdy, stopped by and tried to wrestle a few of Lansing's senior players.
Thanks to inclement weather, that's the only competition Lansing has faced so far. Its season opener last week against Atchison was rained out. Today's 4 p.m. doubleheader at home against Mill Valley also is facing the threat of cancellation because of rain.
"I don't think we're feeling a whole lot of pressure, as you can see if you look over there," senior Chris Clemmons said with a laugh as senior Cody Mohan tangled up Rowdy into a three-point near-fall. "I don't think we're feeling a whole lot of pressure. We're just ready to get the first game out of the way."
Lansing is one of just a handful of teams in eastern Kansas that have yet to play a game. Mill Valley already has four games under its belt. All are victories, including a 6-5 win against Bishop Ward and a 12-0 shellacking of Turner.
The fact that the Jaguars have been playing for two weeks and have been defeating top-tier competition has the Lions' attention.
"They've had four games and we've had none, so we really need to get out there and get that experience piled up," Clemmons said. "We need to get in there and start doing stuff we're supposed to do."
The lack of game experience has made the quality of Lansing's practices even more important this week, Andrews said. LHS has taken extra batting practice, fielded additional ground balls and tried to recreate game situations.
"You can't really simulate game situations, but you try the best you can," Andrews said.
Lansing plans to send senior Chris Wagner to the mound to start game one. Andrews said he was undecided on the starter for the second game. Regardless, he plans to turn around and start Wagner again when LHS is slated to play Turner at 4 p.m. Monday at home.