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Lawrence High baseball falters late

April 7, 2006

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The rain held off during Lawrence High's baseball game against Shawnee Mission West, but the Vikings didn't.

SM West scored two runs in the top of the seventh to hand LHS a 6-5 setback on Thursday at Ice Field.

The Lions led from the first inning on, but once again squandered a late lead.

"That's a difficult part of the game, and that's when adversity strikes, and a couple of times this year we've found a way (out) in that adverse situation and make it happen for the better. Tonight we just didn't do it," Lawrence coach Brad Stoll said.

Daren Parker issued four walks and struck out five in his six innings. After giving up a lead-off single in the seventh, Stoll turned it over to Marc Albers with a two-run lead. Albers walked two to load the bases before giving up a two-run single, and LHS trailed for the first time.

"Daren pitched well. I thought he pitched well enough to win. We're just a little thin on the mound right now," Stoll said.

With the threat of rain in the middle innings, the Lions were able to score a run in the bottom half of the fifth to take a one-run lead in what had become an official game if the weather turned foul enough to force the game's end.


Lawrence Lions Michael Sickinger, is greeted by teammates at the dugout after scoring in the third inning in a game against Shawnee Mission West Thursday at Holcom Park.   Sickinger had earlier driven in a game tying run with a double.

Lawrence Lions Michael Sickinger, is greeted by teammates at the dugout after scoring in the third inning in a game against Shawnee Mission West Thursday at Holcom Park. Sickinger had earlier driven in a game tying run with a double.

However, the rain never was heavy enough, and eventually the sun came out - along with the SM West offense in the seventh.

Lawrence High used four Vikings errors and nine hits to produce five runs, but the Lions went hitless in the final two innings.

Brian Heere had a productive night from the lead-off spot, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI double - the only extra-base hit for LHS on the night.

Heere said it wasn't fatigue that had plagued the Lions in the late innings.

"I can't think of what it is right now, we just haven't gotten it done. We just can't get it done in the late innings," Heere said.

The Lions had the heart of the order due up in the seventh.

Albers reached on a fielding error and advanced to second on a Michael Sickinger bunt, but Albers was called out for interference on Tyler Knight's ground ball to the third baseman.

Sean Muder's groundout to first finished off the Lions.


Lawrence Lions Marc Albers leaps past the Shawnee Mission West catcher to score at home plate during a
game Thursday at Holcom Park. Albers was the go-ahead run for the Lions in the 5th inning.

Lawrence Lions Marc Albers leaps past the Shawnee Mission West catcher to score at home plate during a game Thursday at Holcom Park. Albers was the go-ahead run for the Lions in the 5th inning.

"You've got the No. 3, 4 and 5 (hitters) coming up in the bottom of the seventh : put some pressure on them, and then we run into an out there, and you can't have that in the seventh inning," Stoll said. "But we'll come back Saturday and play a fantastic team out of Oklahoma and see what happens."

The Lions will play host to Tulsa (Okla.) Kelly on Saturday at Ice Field.

Shawnee Mission West 6, Lawrence 5

Shawnee Mission West 002 020 2-6 7 4

Lawrence 102 110 0-5 9 0

W - Lee Ridenhour. L - Marc Albers.

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