Lang K’s 18 in 8-inning thriller
Thanks to three consecutive rainouts, the Lansing High softball team was forced to wait nearly three weeks to play its second doubleheader of the season.
Therefore, it's only fitting that the Lions took the opportunity to play a little overtime Tuesday when they traveled to Carbondale to take on the Santa Fe Trail Chargers.
Lansing needed eight innings to win the first game, 1-0. Santa Fe Trail won the nightcap, 4-3. The close games came as no surprise to LHS coach Terry Cornett considering both teams were eager to finally play.
"They were pretty subdued on the way over," Cornett said. "They were really concentrating. They knew they were finally going to get a chance (to play), and they were focused."
The Lions (3-1 overall, 1-0 Kaw Valley League) were focused, but pitcher Brittney Lang was in a zone. The sophomore right-hander struck out 18 batters during the first game. The Lions needed every one of them, because their bats weren't hot either.
Fortunately for LHS, the bats finally clicked in the top of the eighth. Junior Morgan Chiles smashed a leadoff triple. She then scored on a well-placed ground ball by freshman Breanne Sanders. That was all the offense the Lions needed before Lang mowed down the side to end the game.
Lang struck out eight more batters in the second game, but the Santa Fe offense finally caught up to her speed and scored one run in the first inning, two in the third and another in the fourth. Meanwhile, Lansing's bats remained cold. After scoring two runs in the first inning, they didn't threaten again until adding a run in the seventh.
LHS next plays at 4:30 p.m. today against Perry-Lecompton at Lansing City Park.