Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Turner sweeps LHS baseball

April 12, 2007

With such a young team, Lansing High baseball coach Troy Andrews knows every night out will be an adventure.

Some nights will be great; others not so much.

For the second-year coach, however, the focus always remains on progress. That's why he was undeterred after Lansing dropped a pair of games at Turner on Monday night, 10-0 and 3-2.

"We're not in that bad of shape," Andrews said of his club, which is 2-4 for the season and has lost four straight. "We're going to be OK. It just takes a little patience."

Senior Matt McMillin started on the mound in game one and threw three strong innings before a defensive miscue rattled the Lions. The game was scoreless with two outs in the third inning when second baseman Johnny Stratton fielded a ground ball but made a bad throw to first. Instead of being out of the inning, the Lions went on to allow four runs. Errors snowballed again in the next two innings as Turner earned the run-rule victory.

As frustrated as Andrews was with game one, he praised his players for responding like veterans in game two.

Stratton smashed a home run in the top of the first inning to give LHS an early lead and a jolt of confidence. The defense also regrouped and played a strong game, but the Lions weren't quite able to hang on for the victory.

"Stratton hit a two-run bomb to go up 2-0, but we just couldn't really muster anything after that," Andrews said. "Anything we tried just kind of backfired."

A few misplayed hit-and-runs and bunt-and-runs cost LHS some opportunities. Meanwhile, Turner plated a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Lansing had a chance to win in the seventh inning. Sophomore Chris Grady was on third with two outs and Stratton hit a fly ball to deep right field, but it didn't have enough juice to leave the park and the outfielder caught it to end the game.

"We competed a little bit that second game," Andrews said. "You have a chance. That's all you can ask for."

Lansing's next chance to win some games will come at 4 p.m. today when it travels to Bonner Springs.

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