Archive for Saturday, May 12, 2007

LHS baseball sweeps Bonner, softball splits with Turner in regular-season finales

Teams will learn postseason fate Saturday at regional seeding meeting

May 12, 2007

The Lansing High baseball and softball teams closed out their regular seasons Friday evening and, in the process, finalized their bodies of work for postseason seeding.

The baseball team boosted its record to 11-9 with a pair of victories over Bonner Springs, 4-2 and 6-4.

The softball team split a twinbill at Turner, winning 13-0 and falling 10-9. The split upped Lansing's record to 14-6 and locked up the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A regional tournament.

Although the scores of both games were close, the LHS baseball team never felt threatened by Bonner Springs. The Lions took the lead early in both games and never faced any serious danger.

Kris Hernandez threw a complete game in the opener, and he was so efficient that he needed just 73 pitches to do the job.

"He threw a lot of strikes and he got a lot of ground balls," LHS coach Troy Andrews said. "He worked fast and efficient and did a great job."

Taylor Majure threw the first four innings of game two and earned the victory. Matt McMillin tossed the last three innings for the save. Peter Gibson and Kyle Miller both slugged third-inning two-run homers to give the Lions their cushion.

The Lansing softball team received another dominant pitching performance from sophomore Brittney Lang in the opener, and she received plenty of offensive support.

The Lions scored three runs in the first inning, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh to put the game away. Freshman Rachel Milnark highlighted the offensive effort by slugging her team-leading third home run of the season.

Milnark caught the opener, and that took its toll on her in game two when she took over the pitching duties. Turner jumped to an early lead and at one point led 10-3 before Lansing rallied. The Lions scored three runs in the seventh inning and had the tying run on second with no outs but were unable to score.

The loss snapped Lansing's five-game winning streak, but LHS coach Terry Cornett said he had no complaints about his team's effort. After all, they played six games in the last three days, so he said the rugged stretch - matched with 86-degree temperatures Friday afternoon - wore them down.

"If somebody told me at the start of the week that we'd get wins in five out of the six games, I'd say 'I'll take it,'" Cornett said. "As far as giving their best effort and winning five out of the six, I couldn't ask for anything more."

The LHS baseball and softball teams both will learn their postseason fate at 10 a.m. Saturday at the regional seeding meeting at Turner High School. To see the brackets and game times, check back to lansingcurrent.com on Saturday afternoon.

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