Archive for Friday, April 27, 2007

Darrow ignites LHS offense in sweep of Ward

Junior goes 7-for-7 as Lions take two from Cyclones

April 27, 2007

Two days after dropping a home doubleheader against Basehor-Linwood, the Lansing High softball team got back on track with a sweep of Bishop Ward.

Lansing won the first game, 11-1, and then rallied to win the nightcap, 5-3.

"Some of the play of the other team wasn't as strong as what we ran into Tuesday night, but the girls took advantage of it," LHS coach Terry Cornett said.

No Lion capitalized more than Amanda Darrow. The junior second baseman went seven-for-seven at the plate.

Darrow fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in game one. She led off the game with a walk, stole second and later scored on a single by Brittney Lang. Darrow smashed a run-scoring triple in the second inning that helped extend the lead to 3-0. She, Lang, Keasla Hundley and Rachel Milnark all doubled in the fourth inning as LHS plated four runs and extended its lead to 9-0. Darrow's run-scoring single in the seventh inning plated Jasmine Holland for Lansing's final run.

Cornett praised Darrow's performance at the plate and said he hopes it will continue.

"She really hit the ball tonight," Cornett said. "We need that from her. We need her on base."

Lang tossed a four-hitter with one walk in the opener. She also got the job done at the plate with four hits and four RBI.

The runs didn't come nearly as easily in game two for LHS. In fact, Ward took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning thanks to an error and a double. LHS took the lead in the third inning when Darrow singled and later scored on a double by Milnark. Milnark then scored on a base hit by Breanne Sanders.

Ward regained the lead when it strung together a pair of singles and plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lansing tied the game in the fifth when Milnark singled, stole second and then scored on a base hit by Lang.

The Lions (7-3) took the lead in the sixth. Darrow led off the inning with a single. She later scored on a pinch-hit double by Alyssa Donnelson and gave the Lions a 4-3 lead. They added an insurance run in the seventh when Lang scored on a sacrifice fly by Natalie Loreti.

Milnark scattered eight hits over seven innings but earned the victory.

Lansing next plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Bonner Springs at Lansing City Park.

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