Archive for Friday, July 20, 2007

Cubs gear up for Zone Tournament

July 20, 2007

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."

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