Softball team improves to 6-4 after three wins
The Tonganoxie High School team, after losing two games to open the season, has won six of its last seven games.
Two wins against Perry-Lecompton and a split with Lansing last week have improved the team's record to 6-4.
Sammy Schiltz got the 12-7 win in the first game against Perry-Lecompton.
Sarah Subelka was 3-4 at the plate with a home run, three runs scored and five runs batted in.
Subelka batted in the sixth spot for the Perry-Lecompton game. She and the five hitters before her Heather Beach, Deaven Workman, Kristin Korb, Kim Newton and Jenny Crain combined to score 11 runs and drive in nine runs on 16-25 hitting.
Workman, who has hit well all season, was 4-5 with a run scored, two runs batted in and a stolen base.
The second game was a wild one. Mall used a pitcher who hadn't played that position in three years, and the team loaded teh bases twice with the game on the line.
Leslie Starcher hadn't pitched in three years, but Mall put her on the mound late in the game.
The team also escaped with a 4-4 tie intact after loading the bases in the bottom of the seven and the bottom of the eighth inning.
That alone shows the resiliency of this team so far. Mall acknowledged that a team is normally lucky to escape one bases-loaded situation during an entire season much less two in consecutive innings.
Friday at Lansing, the Chieftains lost 11-1 to a strong freshman pitcher. She struck out 10 Tonganoxie batters en route to the win.
The team rebounded in the second game, winning 6-1.
"We kept our heads up and bounced back," said Mark Mall, Tonganoxie softball coach.
Laura Samuels pitched well in the second game at Lansing, he said.
The varsity and junior varsity play at at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Piper.
The teams play at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Santa Fe Trail.