LHS softball drops two at Mill Valley
Two days after delivering a dazzling pair of victories in its season-opening doubleheader, the Lansing High softball team was unable to replicate the performance.
LHS dropped a pair of games to Kaw Valley League foe Mill Valley, 7-2 and 2-1, on Thursday afternoon at Shawnee 3&2.
On a day when severe weather had been anticipated, only a few sprinkles and some powerful wind gusts showed up. It wasn't enough to postpone the games, but it was enough to create some problems.
"The worst part was they took advantage of the wind," LHS coach Terry Cornett said.
Specifically, the Jaguars plated four runs in the first inning of game one, and two of them came on a long home run that was assisted over the fence by the wind. Their first five batters all recorded hits.
The Jags plated two more runs in the second inning. They later added a run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth off pitcher Dana Sanders.
"She just didn't have her best stuff," Cornett said of Sanders, who fired a no-hitter on Tuesday against Atchison in the season-opener.
Of course, Sanders wasn't given any help from the offense. The Lions stranded the bases loaded twice. The only time they scored was when senior catcher Nichole Twitchel smashed a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Game two was a different story, but the result was the same. LHS got a strong effort from freshman pitcher Brittney Lang. The 5-foot-9 hurler struck out seven Jaguars and didn't allow any runs through six innings before two runs were scored in the seventh. In Lansing's final at-bat, the Lions again loaded the bases. This time senior second baseman Kasey Denney came through with a base hit to pull her team within 2-1. The Lions were unable to get another clutch hit, though, and the game slipped out of reach.
Despite coming up empty-handed, Cornett praised his players for bouncing back with a strong effort in the second game after being throttled in the first one.
"I was pleased they could come back that second game like that," he said. "They could've folded everything up and gone home, but they didn't. They made a good effort, but it just wasn't meant to be."
The Lions next play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Bonner Springs.