Cubs gear up for Zone Tournament
The long, hot summer has taken its toll on the Lansing Cubs American Legion baseball team, but so has a tough schedule and an endless string of growing pains.
The youth-laden squad has faced mostly older teams all season, and it has a 3-22 record to show for it.
Things aren't going to get any easier for the Cubs either. After a Saturday doubleheader against the Leavenworth Knights and a Sunday twinbill against Geiger Ready-Mix, the Cubs open Class AAA Zone 2 Tournament play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Gardner (10-14) at the Cox Field Diamonds in Ottawa.
Lansing is the No. 5-seed in the tournament. Gardner is the No. 4-seed.
Other teams in the tournament are Ottawa (22-13), Olathe East (22-15) and the Blue Valley Jaguars (21-6).
Although the Cubs have struggled all summer, they have put together some solid games and come up short. An exception came last week in a nine-inning victory over Tonganoxie when Lansing claimed its most recent victory.
"After a bad first inning, they started making the plays : good plays and good pitching," Cubs coach Mike Smith said. "It was just a great game, but we're not doing it enough to be successful."