Lansing hopes to regroup against Bonner Springs
Softball squad aims to snap two-game slide
Lansing High softball coach Terry Cornett can't wait for his team to step on the field at 4:30 p.m. today at Bonner Springs.
Cornett said his squad is eager to eliminate the bad taste in its mouth left over from Thursday's 7-2 and 2-1 losses to Mill Valley at Shawnee 3&2. Cornett said the Lions played a bit too tight during that twinbill because they wanted to beat the Jaguars so bad. As a result of that - and strong gusts of wind - the Lions struggled at the plate and made a few mistakes in the field.
"They were really trying, but you could tell their dobber was down," Cornett said of the losses in the Mill Valley series. "They were having a tough time fighting back. They knew they let one get away."
Cornett said the areas where the Lions struggled were uncharacteristic of how they're capable of playing. He said they also were victimized by a few bad breaks. For one example, a shot back at pitcher Dana Sanders drilled her in the foot and bounced at the perfect angle between shortstop and third base for a hit.
"The bounces didn't go our way. That's for sure," Cornett said.
He said his players weren't shaken by the losses, though. Instead, he said he fully expected them to bounce back with a strong effort today against the Bravettes.
"They've got fight in them," Cornett said.
Lansing (2-2 overall, 0-1 Kaw Valley League) knows it will have its hands full with Bonner. After all, the teams split the series last year with LHS taking game one in eight innings, 9-8, and BSHS winning the nightcap, 4-2.
"They play us awfully tough," Cornett said of Bonner. "I guarantee that going down there, they're going to give us a game. We're going to have to play it, and play it hard."
JV ALSO 2-2
The LHS junior varsity softball team matched the varsity squad by opening the season with a sweep of Atchison and then dropping two games to Mill Valley.
First-year JV coach Lee Matzeder's squad beat Atchison in impressive fashion. Freshman pitcher McKenna Hall fired a three-hitter in the opener as LHS cruised to a 16-1 victory. Then, freshman Heather Kermashek tossed a one-hitter in game two and Lansing won, 13-0.
Mill Valley swept Lansing on Thursday, 10-2 and 14-3.