A doubleheader sweep of Shawnee Mission North a week ago in the the regular-season finale has boosted Sandra Walker's confidence about Lawrence High's softball team.
The Lions (8-12) are scheduled to play Emporia (11-8) in a Class 6A regional game at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Peter Pan Park in Emporia. The winner will play the Manhattan-Topeka West winner at 7.
"They're playing very well right now," Walker, the Lions' coach, said. "They're playing together as a team."
LHS junior pitcher Shannon Stanwix has a 4-6 record and is scheduled to start to the first game. If Lawrence beats Emporia, Walker plans to start Stanwix in the regional final for a berth into the state tournament at May 26-27 in Hutchinson.
"Our team is playing defense behind Shannon and our hitting is coming around," Walker said. "We're finally putting those two elements together."