Archive for Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Baseball team awaits sunny gameday; softball squad sweeps Atchison Co.

April 26, 2006

Rainy weather has put a hold on McLouth's baseball schedule.

The Bulldogs were supposed to play Pleasant Ridge in a make-up game Monday, but rain postponed contests a second time. A new date has not been set.

"It just seems right now we can't overcome Mother Nature, as it is our biggest foe right now," MHS coach Clay Mayer said.

McLouth has played just six games this season, while some teams have played as many as 12. But MHS does own a 4-2 record.

Last week, McLouth routed Atchison County in two games, 19-2 and 18-0.

The Bulldogs opened the game with seven runs in the first inning and never looked back, scoring four runs in each of the next three innings on their way to the victory. Boone Sorrell, Trevor Keling, Brian Kabus and Lance Lamborn each had 3 RBI in the game, while Keling and Lamborn each had a home run.

In the second game, McLouth scored just one run in the first, but eight walks in the second inning helped McLouth to an 11-run inning. Sorrell eventually pitched a shutout for the Bulldogs in the second game. Sorrell also excelled at the plate, scoring 4 RBI and a home run. Lamborn also had 4 RBI and Ryan Smith scored a home run.

Weather-permitting, the Bulldogs will play Thursday in Leavenworth against Immac-ulata.

McLouth softball

The McLouth High softball team is off this week after going 3-1 last week.

The Bulldogs split with Jeff West on April 17 and swept Atchison County, 6-2 and 12-0, Thursday.

Against Atchison County, in the second game, McLouth's Leslie Lawson pitched a perfect game against the Tigers.

From the plate, Kendall Patterson continued her red-hot hitting, going 5-for-6 in the doubleheader with two doubles and three singles. She's now 24-for-33 on the season, good for a .723 batting average.

During the bye week, coach Ballard Patterson said he wanted his team to work on its "short game," specifically bunting.

He said the Bulldogs had success last week in moving runners over with the bunt and with executing squeeze plays. It's a technique the team could have used in two one-run losses earlier this year to defending Class 3A champion Silver Lake, the coach said.

"I was very proud of how the girls got up there and used the bunt," Patterson said. "Not only to advance, but also to get on."

McLouth now is 6-4 and will play May 4 against Lyndon at home. The team also plays May 8 at Hiawatha and May 11 against Valley Falls at home in the regular-season finale.

A make-up game also will figure into the final stretch. Patterson said the Bulldogs likely would play the Rams May 9 in Easton.

"We're where we want to be," Patterson said. "We wished the record was weighted to the win column a little better."

Patterson said the Bulldogs have strong pitching that could take McLouth to its first state appearance, but the squad needs to play sounder defense and overcome mental lapses.

"We go innings and innings and innings without any hits," Patterson said about the defense. "In the sixth or seventh inning, the fielders have done nothing.

"And two or three strong hits together and we're sound asleep. It's a matter of staying focused for the entire seven innings."

Pitcher named player of week

Senior Catherine Gunther was named last week's Metro Player of the Week by the Kansas City Star.

Gunther has struck out 58 batters this season.

"That's flat-out getting it," Patterson said.

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