Baseball team racking up wins


Katie Williams

Coach Brad Stoll congratulates players in the dugout during the baseball team's 11-1 on April 29 during the River City tournament.

By Daniel Watts

Heading into the end of the season, the Lions baseball team is led by a talented roster that knows how to win.

The team ended a 10-game winning streak this week. And after dropping a game to Shawnee Mission Northwest on May 1, the Lions won their next home game 1-0 against Shawnee Mission East.

“We have great team chemistry and kids who love to play for each other,” head baseball Coach Brad Stoll said.

Among the highlights of the winning streak, the Lions dominated Olathe North 14-3 in their April 12 game. Among the runs, the Mondi brothers, Caleb and Cole, both hit home runs in the game.

I mean [it’s] very, very unusual to see two brothers playing on the same field together,” right fielder Caleb Mondi, a senior said. “But I mean it was a very special feeling once I was on base, and once Cole hit his home run, I like wanted to run up and hug him, but he would’ve been out. It was pretty hard to control my feelings then.”

For sophomore Cole Mondi, a designated hitter, it was a chance to match his big brother.

“I didn’t think it was ever going to happen,” Cole Mondi said. “He hit one and I wanted to show him up and show him what I could do.”

Earlier in the season, the Lions struggled a bit with most of their losses coming in one-run games.

In each game we put ourselves on something that cost us a run or two, so we feel confident that the only team that can beat us is us and that is a pretty good feeling, and [we] feel like we can compete with anybody,” Stoll said.

Stoll said the team hopes to continue to improve and win regionals for a shot at the state tournament.

Cole Mondi said it will take the team sticking together to make that happen.

Our biggest challenge is no matter what happens if we’re down by like eight or nine, we just gotta stick together and not turn our backs on each other,” he said.

The Lions play next on May 8 at the University of Kansas against Free State.