Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Basehor hands LHS first league loss

April 26, 2007

Rain showers and a brief lightning delay weren't the only obstacles the Lansing High softball team faced Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, the toughest obstacle wasn't weather related. Instead, it was visiting Basehor-Linwood.

The Bobcats left Lansing City Park with a pair of victories. The first, a 5-2 come-from-behind win, counts in the Kaw Valley League standings. The 7-6 decision in the nightcap added insult to injury as Lansing suffered a rare sweep at home.

"These losses should not have happened tonight," junior second baseman Amanda Darrow said. "They caught us off-guard, but we're just going to have to work really hard and come back and get the rest of the games that come at us."

The lack of focus was evident at the plate in game one. Lansing took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when junior Alyssa Donnelson slugged a solo home run to right field that landed about 25 feet beyond the fence. That was the first of just three hits for LHS in the game, however. The lack of offensive production came back to bite the Lions.

The Bobcats had eight hits in the game, and three of them came in the fifth inning when they scored three runs during an at-bat that was interrupted by a 20-minute lightning delay.

Basehor scored another run in both the sixth and seventh innings before Lansing tried to rally. Rachel Milnark was hit by a pitch. Brittney Lang followed with a single, and Milnark later scored on a double-steal. The next three batters were retired in order, however, and the rally fell short.

The Bobcats carried the momentum into game two as they plated four runs in the top of the first inning.

The Lions' bats clicked to the tune of 12 hits in the game, and that allowed them to hang tough. They rallied and tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning, but mental mistakes and errors led to two more Bobcat runs.

LHS had a chance to win in its last at-bat. Milnark opened the inning with a single. Lang hit a ground-rule double. Then Morgan Chiles reached base on an error and Milnark scored. With the tying and winning runs aboard, the next two batters grounded out and lined out to end the game.

"We just didn't get a couple hits when we needed them; that last in particular," LHS coach Terry Cornett said. "But you're going to have those situations."

Cornett said he was disappointed with his team's lack of focus throughout the twinbill, but Darrow said she expects the Lions to respond today when they travel to Bishop Ward and again Friday when they play host to Bonner Springs.

"Our team is a great team, and tonight we just didn't play our best, but that's not going to stop us," Darrow said. "We just weren't playing up to our potential, but I feel like the next four games coming up we can play our best."

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