Cavalry give game away with errors
Nine miscues lead to 14-4 loss in Zone Tournament opener
After watching Atchison upset Blue Valley Northwest in the first game of Wednesday's American Legion Class AAA Zone 1 Tournament at Lansing High, the Lansing Cavalry appeared to be in good shape to take a walk to the tournament finals.
All they needed to do was take care of business in their opener against Olathe South and, after that, dispose of Atchison.
But first things first : and that's where the trouble began.
Lansing's bats were cracking early, but its gloves were nonexistent to the tune of nine errors. Olathe South capitalized on those miscues and claimed a 14-4 run-rule victory in eight innings.
The defensive woes brewed early for Lansing with a first-inning error. Starting pitcher Jeff Terrill worked out of the jam, however, and the Cavalry remained unscathed for the moment. A second-inning error led to a South run, however, and an early 1-0 deficit.
The Cavalry looked like they would shake off the defensive struggles when the bats fired up in the bottom of the second. Kyle Hutchison laced a leadoff single to right field. Elias Moya smoked a shark ground ball that skipped past the South shortstop. Kris Hernandez then ripped a run-scoring single. Moya later scored on an error and gave the Cavalry a 2-1 lead.
As quickly as Lansing appeared to regroup, the wheels fell off even faster. South opened the top of the third with back-to-back singles. Three errors by the infield led to a six-run explosion by the Falcons and clearly killed the Cavalry's confidence in the field and at the plate.
Terrill left the game in the sixth inning with Lansing trailing 9-4, but the glaring statistic was that six of the nine runs were attributable to errors. Errors continued to pile up during the later innings until South earned its run-rule victory.
The Cavalry next play at 5 p.m. today in an elimination game against the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies. The winner plays at 8 p.m. against the loser of Wednesday night's game between Atchison and Olathe South.