Archive for Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Area roundup: Softball teams playing well

April 29, 2008

The Tonganoxie High softball team went 4-2 last week to improve to 6-4 on the season.

The Chieftains swept Santa Fe Trail, 7-3 and 9-4, lost both games at Perry-Lecompton, 7-1 and 5-4, and on Friday hammered Bonner Springs, winning 14-1 in five innings and ending the twinbill with a 9-1 victory.

THS coach Diane Titterington said the Kaws were one of the stronger teams her team has faced this season, and she said she was pleased with how the Chieftains played, despite the losses.

Titterington said mental and physical errors have seemed to pile up at the same time when the team has fallen behind this season, but when they escape those traps the team is playing quite well.

The coach pointed to a few Chieftains as the reason for the team's success.

Offensively, Lauren Himpel, Lindsey Himpel and Sarah Flaherty have led the charge.

"Those three have been at the top of our lineup and they've been catalysts. They're getting us started consistently," Titterington said, adding that Lauren Himpel and Flaherty are both batting over .500 on the season and Lindsey Himpel is right around the .400 mark.

What's more, the Chieftains are now getting some power from the place they've been expecting it.

"Melissa Pratt is really coming around offensively the last couple of outings," Titterington said. "This past week every single outing she has swung the bat extremely well."

Defensively, the same four Chieftains have played well for THS. Their coach said the team's outfielders - Lauren and Lindsey Himpel and Flaherty - have been great.

"They've really kept us in some games and made some great plays," she said before praising Pratt's performance at catcher. "Melissa Pratt behind the plate, too, is a great force."

Titterington said other teams know that Pratt has a great arm and rarely test her by stealing bases.

THS pitchers are also rounding into shape.

"Our pitchers have been doing a much better job maybe than what was expected at the beginning of the year," Titterington said of Amanda Albert and Megan Pratt.

Bulldogs now 10-0

The McLouth High softball team improved to 10-0 with a sweep at Oskaloosa on Monday.

The Bulldogs continued their assault on the opposition this season with a pair of five-inning victories, winning 12-0 and 17-5.

Lezley Lawson pitched a no-hitter in the first victory and struck out nine. In the second game, Sam Farris threw and improved to 5-0 for the season.

As usual, the Bulldogs' offense put up gaudy numbers. Melissa Rome had a banner night, going 6-for-7 in the twinbill with three home runs and seven RBI.

Lawson also homered and was 5-for-7. Kendall Patterson was 6-for-8 on the day with a triple and three RBI. Her younger sister, Kaley, went 5-for-8 with four doubles and four RBI.

As of Monday, MHS had outscored its opponents 146-8 this season.

MHS baseball falls

The McLouth baseball team was swept at Maranatha Academy on Monday. The Bulldogs lost 7-2 and 12-8.

Mark Stewart had four hits and three RBI in the second contest. Ryan Smith scored twice and went 3-for-4 in the second loss. Mike Rome was 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs.

THS soccer splits

The Tonganoxie High soccer team won one match and lost another this week. After defeating Maranatha, 1-0, on Monday the Chieftains traveled to Lansing and lost 3-1.

Alexa Moreno scored the match's only goal against Maranatha and Jordan Gagne netted her team's lone goal at Lansing.

Goalkeeper Sarah Flaherty had 31 saves in the loss for THS (5-5).

The Chieftains are at Ottawa on Thursday and at Gardner Edgerton on Friday. On Tuesday the team will have it's senior night when it plays host to Basehor-Linwood.

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