It may be early in the season, and the Lawrence High softball team might be taking its lumps, but the Lions were not about to be no-hit.
With LHS trailing Olathe Northwest in the bottom of the seventh inning, LHS junior Jasmyn Turner made sure of that with a slap single to left field that broke up the no-hitter of Northwest’s Hannah Dale.
Although Turner’s base hit did little to deflect the 6-0 loss that the Lions suffered on Thursday at Holcom, it did allow the team to leave the field with a little better feeling than it might have had otherwise.
“No one likes to be no-hit,” LHS coach Reenie Stogsdill said.
No one likes to lose or struggle offensively, either, but the Lions did both Thursday. In picking up the complete-game victory, Dale struck out 13 Lions and kept the LHS bats quiet all evening.
“They are a very good team, but like I told the kids after the game, there’s only one thing to say, ‘You can’t win if you don’t score runs,’” Stogsdill said. “The bottom line is we have to find a way to score runs.”
Until that time comes, the Lions can rest easy knowing that sophomore hurler Lauren Massey will do her part to help the team.
For the third time this week, Massey pitched seven innings, this time giving up just four earned runs on 10 hits and striking out one.
“I think Lauren will keep us in a lot of games,” Stogsdill said.
That was the case Thursday, as Massey pitched three scoreless innings before giving up one run in the fourth and three more in the fifth. The Ravens added another in the sixth and one more in the seventh before giving way to Dale.
Despite the loss, Stogsdill said she was encouraged about the progress her team has made this week.
“We’re going to get better by the end of the year,” she said. “We just have to build some confidence and cut down on mistakes. Hopefully they’re getting it. They just need to be more competitive and have that desire to win a little bit more.”
The Lions (0-5) and Ravens were scheduled to play two Thursday, but a downpour in the top of the first inning of Game 2 ended that.
Stogsdill said she expected the teams would make up the second game later this season.
Next up, LHS will travel Tuesday to Olathe to take on Olathe South at ODAC. First pitch for Game 1 is slated for 5 p.m.