April 28, 2004
Most people saw it and most people predicted it before the season began.
Santa Fe Trail returned the hard throwing Musgrave brothers and Mill Valley countered with a senior laden team.
The Kaw Valley League title was thought by many to go through these two teams.
The Jags and the Chargers split last year's doubleheader and they will face off Monday, May 3 at Santa Fe Trail.
The game likely will be for the league title.
"You are going to have to play an all around game to beat Santa Fe Trail," Mill Valley coach Carl Garrett said. "They are more than just Rob Musgrave, they are just good all around the diamond."
The Jags first will have to encounter a pesky Bonner Springs team on Thursday.
Bonner has struggled a bit this year, but as the last two weeks have proven for the Jags, everyone comes ready to play.
In the game against De Soto three weeks ago, Mill Valley had to come from behind to win in the last frame.
The same was true against Piper, as the Jags were seemingly out of the game when their bats came alive and Mill Valley eeked out a win in the late innings.
Even though the second game was a nailbiter, the Jags may have played their best game of the season in game one when they smoked the Pirates, 11-1.
"I think the first game against Piper game was our best all around game so far this year," Garrett said.
The Piper game and the De Soto game were not the only time the Jags have struggled this season. Mill Valley lost a heart wrenching game to the Lansing Lions earlier this season. With the Jags leading 8-1 in the late innings, Lansing made a furious rally to eventually come back and win 9-8.
With the early season loss against Lansing, the Jags currently find themselves in second place in the KVL standings. Coach Garrett feels like that may not be such a bad thing.
"Hopefully us being in second and Santa Fe Trail being in first will put more pressure on them than us," he said.
Mill Valley played a simulated game at practice on Monday. Garrett had his team try to run through everything they would do in an actual doubleheader.
The Jags coach was concerned about last week's game against Basehor-Linwood being canceled and Mill Valley being a little rusty on Thursday against Bonner.
"A week and a half is a long time between baseball games," Garrett said. "I certainly hope that Thursdays game isn't rained out because that will be two weeks that we haven't played when Monday comes around against Santa Fe Trail."
Monday's game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Originally published at: http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2004/apr/28/jaguars_set_sights/