913 notebook: One-run baseball games no longer torment Olathe East

04/22/2014 4:37 PM

04/22/2014 4:38 PM

The Olathe East High School baseball team had lost 11-one run games in the last two years, but this season the Hawks are starting to change that trend.

Coach John McDonald said that has been the key to their 9-2 start, which he said was the best in school history. The Hawks are now 9-3 and are first in the Sunflower League with a 6-1 record.

“This year, having a lot of comeback wins and coming out on top in those outcomes has been very uplifting for this group that has had to endure a lot,” McDonald said.

One of the best examples was Olathe East’s game against Shawnee Mission South last Thursday. The Hawks had a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning, but saw it erased before Austin Michaud came through with a walk-off two-run homer to deliver a 6-5 victory. It was the fourth home run in 45 plate appearances for Michaud.

SM East dominates district tennis

Minus the one defaulted match, which was ordered by coach Sue Chipman, the Shawnee Mission East boys tennis team posted a perfect day at the Shawnee Mission District Tournament. The Lancers won 39 of 40 matches.

Brooks Kendall, who signed with UMKC last week, was crowned the singles champion, and Reese Goulding and Jamie McDonald won the doubles title.

“We have a very deep team, and honestly, could have gone another four or five guys lower and had the same effect,” Chipman said. “They all went out, did their thing and did what they were supposed to do.”

The default came after one of the doubles teams left the tournament without permission. Although it would normally result in a default, they were allowed to play and won their match 8-0. Chipman elected to accept the default as a lesson.

Vikings soccer excels

The Shawnee Mission West girls soccer team is 7-2 overall and 5-0 in Sunflower League play, but coach Sarah Gonzalez says she is still waiting to see a complete game.

“The Olathe Northwest game, which was our second game of the season, I think we really started figuring things out and combining really well,” Gonzalez said. “Against Blue Valley Southwest, defensively we pressured them very intensely and created a lot of attacks, and then against Shawnee Mission South our defense definitely won us that game. It’s little parts that we are getting better and better at.”

The Vikings are led by Morgan Mauck and Hannah Miller, each of whom have 10 goals. Both girls also scored a hat trick last week.

Lancers win invitational

Shawnee Mission Northwest golfer Blake Allen captured the individual title with a 72 at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational, but it was the home-team Lancers who won the tournament.

Shawnee Mission East’s Lucas Jones was runner-up with 73, and Andy Spencer added a fifth place finish with 75. The Lancers had a team score of 306.

SM Northwest placed second at the meet with three golfers in the top 10. Allen was joined in the top 10 by Colton Allen and Mitchell Bolton who tied for ninth with 78s.

Olathe East took third and was led by Christian Sheppard, who finished third.

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