Milnark tosses no-hitter as LHS softball sweeps Bonner Springs
Rachel Milnark threw a no-hitter during the second game of a doubleheader against Bonner Springs Wednesday afternoon as Lansing High picked up two key softball victories at Lansing City Park.
Lansing won the opener, 4-0, and then rolled to a 10-0 victory in five innings in the nightcap. In the process the Lions upped their record to 11-5 and gained some crucial ground against Topeka Seaman in the battle for the No. 2 seed and home field advantage in next week's Class 5A substate tournament.
"That home field advantage is important," LHS coach Terry Cornett said. "That would be big."
Lansing took charge of game one in the first inning. Amanda Darrow walked, advanced to third on a single by Alyssa Donnelson and then scored on a base hit by Brittney Lang.
The Lions' offense went quiet after that, but Lang kept the Bravettes offbalance with a dominant two-hitter and preserved the lead.
Also helping the cause was the defensive play of catcher Katie Smith. The Bravettes put two runners on base during the middle innings, but Smith threw them both out when they tried to steal second.
"That really helped," Cornett said of Smith's performance. "One gal had just reached on a third strike, and the other gal walked, and Katie mowed 'em down."
The bats finally clicked again in the sixth inning. Milnark led off with a double and then scored on a single by Lang. Keasla Hundley doubled in Lang, and then Hundley scored on a base hit by Sara Logan that made it 4-0.
Lang threw just 83 pitches in the victory, but Milnark upped the ante in game two. She faced 17 batters and threw just 51 pitches while logging a no-hitter. The Lions needed every bit if Milnark's stellar performance, though.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning. Thanks to two hit batters, four walks and a few timely hits by Natalie Loreti, Logan, Milnark and Morgan Chiles, LHS plated eight runs that inning.
A two-run double by Milnark in the fifth inning pushed the lead to 10-0 as the Lions claimed the run-rule victory. Had the game gone on to the sixth inning, sophomore McKenna Hall was prepared to take the mound for her varsity debut.
Lansing next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Mill Valley at Lansing City Park. LHS then closes out the regular season with a 4 p.m. Friday doubleheader at Turner.