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LAWRENCE, SMS TRADE RUN-RULES

May 15, 1999

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Sometimes silence is more powerful than anything a coach can say.

After the Lawrence High baseball team was on the business-end of a 13-2 run-rule at the hands of Shawnee Mission South Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark, coach Dirk Wedd kept quiet.

"I didn't say anything," he said.

The strategy worked as the Lions (13-7) rebounded with a run-rule of their own, smoking the Raiders 14-0 in the second game for the 200th win in school history.

LHS managed just two hits -- one for extra bases -- in the first game. It wrapped 11 -- including five doubles -- in the second. Pitching also improved, from three pitchers surrendering 13 runs in the opener to Matt Wiedeman's complete-game one-hitter in the nightcap.

What caused the turnaround remains a mystery.

"I wish I knew," Wedd said. "If we can figure out how to put two games back-to-back, we could go to state. But if we don't solve it in the next five or six days, it's going to be a battle."

Wiedeman had a perfect game going into the fourth and ended with six strikeouts in five innings.

"That was huge, it really helped calm us down after that first game," Wedd said. "He had outstanding stuff."

The doubleheader was moved to Hoglund after Ice Field, the Lions' home site, was deemed unplayable because of wet field conditions.

The Lions now have a much-deserved break before regionals next week. Wednesday's doubleheader was the third straight twinbill and fourth in five days for LHS.

"We've gotta be the only team in Kansas to play eight games in five days," said Wedd, whose squad went 3-5 in the rash of doubleheaders. "This was a hard stretch for us ... but this can only make us tougher."

Regional pairings will be announced Saturday. Lawrence still has a chance to host a four-team regional.

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