Varsity Kansas

Numerous weapons for Medicine Lodge

Medicine Lodge softball coach Cheri Dohrmann has no problem describing sophomore pitcher Montana Bailey — intelligent, a variety of pitches and velocities.

Montana also has that key intangible for a pitcher: composure.

"She does not shake; but then, she's a rodeo gal," Dohrmann said."... That has helped form her into an extremely poised pitcher."

It doesn't hurt Bailey, a returning All-Central Plains League pitcher, that she's got a good catcher in senior Kelli Traffas.

"She's got a cannon for an arm, and she... talks before every pitch is thrown so everyone knows what could happen," Dohrmann said.

Medicine Lodge, 16-0 after Monday's doubleheader with Douglass, qualified for the 2009 Class 3A tournament and six starters returned.

The Indians have a strong infield with Shelby Oldham at shortstop, Ali Rogers at second and Megan Honas at first. Taylor Catlin is key in center field.

Traffas is the team's top batter, hitting better than .600 from the cleanup position. She has eight home runs, including two grand slams. Rogers, who hit five home runs in a doubleheader last Monday against Bluestem, hits better than .500.

City League — The top half of the City League will be much more clear after tonight's games.

The league's top two teams play tonight, with Bishop Carroll facing Northwest at 5 p.m. at Two Rivers Youth Club. Both are undefeated in City League play.

Third and fourth place in the City League should also be on the line with Kapaun Mount Carmel playing Heights, also at 5 p.m. at TRYC. Both have four league losses and are tied for third.

After Tuesday's doubleheaders, Northwest still has two league doubleheaders (East, North), Carroll has one (South), Kapaun has one (South) and Heights has two (North, Southeast).

Carroll is on a 12-game winning streak after losing its season-opening doubleheader to Maize.

"I think we've come a long ways since Maize," Carroll coach Angie Dal Pozzo said. "I think everything is starting to come together. I think we're ready. I think it's going to be a good game. Everything is starting to click. Our hitting is coming together, our pitching is in a good spot."

Carroll's top hitter is Kelsey Jones, a left fielder who is hitting nearly .700.