Archive for Friday, April 20, 2007

Lang no-hits Perry as LHS cruises

Lions stay perfect in KVL play

April 20, 2007

A wild start to the softball season has left many of the Kaw Valley League's heavyweights with tattered records.

Lansing High has been one of the few to survive the early weeks unscathed. LHS remained perfect in league play by sweeping Perry-Lecompton on Thursday at Lansing City Park.

The Lions (5-1 overall, 2-0 KVL) rode sophomore pitcher Brittney Lang's strong right arm to an 11-1 victory in the opener. Lang and freshman Rachel Milnark then split time on the mound in a 6-1 victory in the nightcap.

The first game counts toward the league standings, and Lang did her best to make sure Lansing would win. She tossed her second no-hitter of the season. A fourth-inning error led to Perry's lone run, but it was too little too late.

LHS pounded out nine hits and capitalized on numerous passed balls to put the game away early. Amanda Darrow led off the game with a triple and later stole home. Sara Logan extended the lead to 2-0 in the second inning when, after reaching base on a dropped third strike, she stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on another passed ball.

Alyssa Donnelson, Milnark and Lang ripped consecutive singles to open the third inning, and all three came around to score as the lead increased to 5-0. The Lions added three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to put the game away.

Lang started game two on the mound despite battling a sore shoulder. She beaned the first batter who came around to score and give Perry a 1-0 lead. After that, it was all Lansing.

Lang allowed just two hits through four innings of work, and the Lions used their bats to regain command of the game.

Donnelson earned a one-out walk in the bottom of the first inning and came around to score on a base hit by Milnark. Milnark then scored on a single by Lang to give LHS the lead.

Milnark came through again in the third inning. After being hit by a pitch, she took second and third on passed balls. Then she scored on a ground ball. A similar scenario allowed Jasmine Holland to score in the fourth. Lansing's final two runs came in the fifth when Sara Logan's single up the middle plated Holland and Natalie Loreti.

Milnark closed out the final three innings on the mound. She allowed just one hit and got seven ground balls in her first appearance on the mound since breaking a finger.

"The defense really backed her up," LHS coach Terry Cornett said of Milnark's performance. He pointed out the fact that Morgan Chiles having moved from third base to shortstop fielded four grounders during that stretch for outs.

LHS has three doubleheaders scheduled for next week. It will play host to Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday before taking on Bishop Ward and Bonner Springs later in the week.

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