Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Fielding errors, inconsistent bats costly for Lansing

April 20, 2006

Lansing High baseball coach Troy Andrews doesn't like Monday games, and his reasons why were on display when LHS played Santa Fe Trail.

The bats weren't crisp. There were errors on routine plays. There was a lack of focus.

As a result, Lansing lost 8-2 and 14-13 on its first road trip of the season.

"We just didn't play very well," Andrews said. "We didn't show up ready to roll that first game. You have two days off for the weekend and you try to show up, and it's always tough to go on the road for that first one.

"It just takes you a little while to get back into the flow of game situations (on Mondays). And that's no excuse, because they have to do the same thing. But it is hard. Especially when you face a better-than-average pitcher."

Senior pitcher Chris Wagner was stellar in game one as he scattered a handful of hits and allowed no earned runs in five innings, but he was given no support from the offense.

"We had just three hits in the first game, so I felt fortunate to score two runs," Andrews said.

The Lions (4-4) showed more fight in game two as senior Cody Mohan was strong on the mound. The bats clicked early and the Lions took a 10-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the bullpen couldn't protect Mohan's lead. The Chargers scored three times in the sixth and five more in the seventh before pulling away for the victory.

"You live and you learn from what mistakes are made and you find out what guys can do in certain situations," Andrews said. "Hopefully as season goes on you figure those things out and get things set by the time regionals rolls around."

Lansing will try to pick up two more wins at 4:30 p.m. today at Perry-Lecompton.

JV SWEEPS SFT

Freshman pitcher Chase Horseman struck out nine and allowed just three hits while leading the Lansing High junior varsity baseball team to a 10-4 victory over Santa Fe Trail in the first game of a Monday doubleheader. The Lions won the second game 8-3.

The JV Lions now are 4-4.

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