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Archive for Wednesday, April 24, 1991

LAWRENCE HIGH SWEEPS RAIDERS

April 24, 1991

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Sandra Walker used her entire 13-person roster during Lawrence High's 3-2, 16-3 softball doubleheader sweep of Shawnee Mission South Tuesday at Holcom Complex.

"All 13 reached base. Everybody contributed with a hit, bunt, base on balls or hit by pitch," said Walker, the Lions' first-year coach. "That's the first time that's happened this year. When everybody contributes, it makes the whole team feel good."

The Lions' hitters busted out of a season-long slump Tuesday.

LHS, which had scored 11 runs total through its first six games all losses plated 19 Tuesday versus the Raiders.

Leading the way was Diane Stanwix. She went two-for-three with two RBI in the opener and four-for-four with a pair of RBI in the nightcap.

"She's been hitting the ball all year," Walker said of Stanwix. "Today she hit to the opposite field at least three times."

THE RUNS were more than enough for pitchers Jamie Smith and Tami McFarland, who allowed three and four hits respectively.

"Today the team was up the whole time, encouraging each other," said Walker. "We were more confident. It's because we were hitting better.

"Defense and pitching has never been a problem. We'd been struggling with hits. Today we manufactured some runs. We bunted and hit well.

"I changed the order a little bit on who's been hitting and who's not," Walker noted. "It was not a major shakeup."

In Game One, the Lions plated one in the first and two in the third. Stanwix tripled and scored on a bouncer by McFarland, which kicked by South's first baseman for an error.

In the third, Kate Shortridge and Kristina Johnson bunted for singles and stole second and third. They scored on a double by Stanwix.

The Lions busted the second game open with eight runs in the first. LHS scored the runs on two hits, three walks and three errors.

STANWIX WENT four-for-four with two RBI, Shortride three-for-four and Johnson two-for-four for LHS.

"We liked it," Walker said. "We haven't been dejected, crying or complaining or anything. When you're not hitting the ball, there's only so much you can do. I think we're coming around. Every two games, that's more experience."

The Lions were scheduled to face SM North at 4:15 p.m. today at North.

"We needed the wins," said Walker. "We hope this carries over. I think we're improving and that's important. Hopefully we'll keep executing and scoring runs."

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