Area baseball recaps
Not a bad weekend in Rolla for the Lansing Lion girls’ basketball team.
The squad traveled to the Licking Basketball Camp and finished 3-5 overall and learned a lot about itself during the three days.
On Thursday, the Lions beat Maynard (Arkansas), 46-34 and then fell to Siloam Springs (Arkansas) 46-28.
“After leading by eight points midway through the first half, Siloam Springs kicked up the transition offense and started to dictate the pace of the game, one we had difficulty keeping up with,” Lansing head coach KC Simmons said, citing his team’s fatigue. “Their up-tempo offense proved too effective over the course of the game and they pulled away.”
The Lions went 1-2 on Friday with losses to St. James (Missouri), 32-29, against a team that went 27-1 in 2016-17 and Francis Howell (Missouri), 48-29, before wrapping up the day with a 41-34 win over Orchard Farm (Missouri).
Lansing wrapped up the camp with a nice start to Saturday, beating Blue Eye (Missouri), 46-32 and then finishing with defeats to Fair Grove (Arkansas), 45-32 and a 46-36 defeat to a St. Louis Metro squad featuring a 6-4 post that dominated the contest.
“We actually did a great job controlling her and if it wasn’t for five 3-pointers from one of their other players we would have been right in position to pull the upset,” Simmons said. “All the girls contributed in a variety of ways, with different girls stepping up in different games. The schools we played varied greatly in size physically and as well as enrollment. We competed against schools with enrollment of over 2,300 and some teams with only 160 students in the school.
“Only having eight girls play on the varsity squad often was an issue because most other teams had at least 10 players on their team, so fatigue was definitely a factor in several games. Not only did we play lots of games over the weekend but did several bonding activities for the kids to get to know one another better … all of which proved to bring the girls closer together. It was a great experience for our players to see a wide variety of competition and work on the things we want to work on this year.”
Blue Jays battle at 3&2
The Leavenworth Blue Jays (16U) baseball squad participated in the High School Summer Slam hosted by 3&2 baseball complex in Shawnee over the weekend and battled the weather and some good competition.
A rain-shortened pool play saw the Blue Jays go 0-1, but they were 2-0 in bracket action on Sunday, going 2-0 to advance to a championship game that would not be played.
Leavenworth lost its pool game to STC Monarchs (4-2).
“We left the bases loaded twice and just did not execute our situational hitting well,” Blue Jays’ head coach Joe Allison said. “Defensively we did not play bad and though once again we issued a few free passes, we did pitch it pretty well.”
In Sunday’s action, the Blue Jays beat the Maple Woods Monarchs 8-4 and then gained some retribution with a 6-2 win over the Monarchs.
“We hit much better with runners in scoring position and played solid defense,” Allison said. “I am proud of the focus and hard work our boys put in especially with all the schedule changes and adversity.
“This next week we travel to Wichita to play in the Super 16 hosted by Wichita State. We will have to bring our A game as the competition level will be pretty stout at this tourney.”
Geiger-Ready Mix can’t break through
On Sunday, the Geiger-Ready Mix baseball team couldn’t record its first win of the summer season, dropping two at Sabetha, 9-0 and 9-4.
In the shutout loss, Geiger-Ready Mix was 1-hit and committed five errors.
Things cleaned up in the night cap, at least through the first four innings as the teams were tied at 2-2. Then three errors with two outs in the top of the fifth inning allowed Sabetha to break away.
Adam Jesche allowed on three hits on the mound for Geiger.