If those pesky showers from earlier in the week had popped up in the final innings on Saturday and shortened a softball doubleheader at Holcom, Lawrence High would have swept Olathe South.
Instead, there wasn't a cloud in sight and both games went the full seven innings. The Lions wasted leads late in both contests before falling, 7-1 and 6-2.
"We got on the board early and led late, but when it rains it pours," LHS coach Reenie Stogsdill said. "One thing would happen and it led to another."
In the opener, O-South junior Ann Buehrer tossed a one-hitter and struck out nine Lions.
LHS (4-6) scored an unearned run in the first inning when freshman Ashley Burnett scored on a wild pitch. Buehrer retired 20 of the final 21 batters she faced. Burnett's single in the sixth inning spoiled Buehrer's no-hit bid.
The Falcons erupted for five runs on seven hits -- three infield singles -- in the top of the fifth inning. Courtney Berry and Susie Fry delivered back-to-back doubles to fuel the decisive inning.
O-South (8-4) outhit LHS 16-1 in the first game. First baseman Jessica Moppin, third baseman Lauren DeSoigne and right fielder Kim Hankins all had three hits for the Falcons.
In the second contest, the Lions led 2-0 after five innings. LHS junior Dani May doubled in junior Rachel Paradies in the third inning and Burnett dinked a single over the first baseman to drive in May, who had doubled again, in the fifth inning.
The Falcons scored three runs in the top of the sixth and seventh. Sophomore Ashley Shartzer was the winning pitcher in the second game, scattering five hits and striking out three in seven innings.
The Lions committed five errors in the second game.
"We made some really awesome plays defensively and we made some really poor plays," Stogsdill said.
LHS senior center fielder Somer Easterwood shined defensively. In the first game, she made a diving catch to start a double play -- that nearly evolved into a triple play. In the second game, Easterwood ranged to her right to track down a fly ball and fired to first to complete a double play.
"That was huge," Stogsdill said. "That was not the play I'd call for, but she got her out. Somer Easterwood was awesome defensively. She was all over the field, diving for balls, making some catches I haven't seen a high school kid make in awhile."
Since opening with four victories, the Lions have lost six games in a row. Despite the skid, Stogsdill remained upbeat.
"I really had a good feeling after the first game that we were going to win the second game," Stogsdill said. "We showed enthusiasm and a love of the game and had a good time. If we can keep them like that, we're going to be all right."
For the second straight doubleheader, LHS played without four starters suspended because of disciplinary reasons. Stogsdill said those four would return to practice this week but their status for Tuesday's doubleheader at Olathe North was uncertain.
LHS will be busy next week, with doubleheaders on Tuesday, Thursday against Shawnee Mission Northwest and Friday against Leavenworth.
Olathe South 7-6, Lawrence High 1-2
Olathe South 000 051 0 -- 7 16 1
Lawrence 100 000 0 -- 1 1 2
Ann Buehrer and Allison Klein. Sommer Heiserman and Dani May. W--Buehrer, 5-2. L--Heiserman, 3-3.
2B--Courtney Berry, Susie Fry, Jessica Moppin, OS.
Olathe South 000 003 3 -- 6 8 1
Lawrence 001 010 0 -- 2 5 5
Ashley Shartzer and Allison Klein. Ashley Burnett and Dani May. W--Shartzer, 3-2. L--Burnett, 1-3.
2B--May 2, Somer Easterwood, LHS.