Close games playing out at fairgrounds
If another torrential downpour doesn't muddy the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds further, the little league baseball game that was scheduled for May 23 will be played at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The 13-14 age division game between Lansing and First State Bank and Trust, was cancelled due to damage to the lights caused by the tornado that swept through Tonganoxie, said Tonganoxie Recreation Commission Director Mark Zerrer.
In a change of pace from play during the first few weeks of the summer little league baseball season, Tonganoxie's trend of high-scoring games was replaced by some competitive ones.
"We had quite a few games that were close on the boys' side," Zerrer said.
In the 13-14 age division this was not the case, though, and many teams had runaway victories.
Tonganoxie teams weren't always on the winning side of the blowouts this week.
Powerhouse Graphics, which had beat several of its opponents soundly, was on the receiving end on June 13 when it fell to in-town rivals Tonganoxie Realty, 14-2.
Another Tonganoxie team, First State Bank and Trust, suffered a fate similar to Powerhouse Graphics when it was shut out by a powerful Basehor team, 15-0.
In the 11-12 age division, the only division in which games have been consistently close this year, two Tonganoxie teams took a game into extra innings.
"That was an exciting game," Zerrer said. "It was close the whole way."
The game, between Mr. Goodcents and First State Bank and Trust was knotted at nine runs apiece at the end of regulation, when Mr. Goodcents scored two runs and went on to win the game, 11-9.
It was a tough battle for Mr. Goodcents, which was playing a First State Bank and Trust team fresh off a 10-6 victory earlier in the week over City Ford.
In the 9-10 age division, Himpel Lumber beat Vet-Vax, Inc., 5-4 on June 9. Later that evening, Knights of Columbus beat Midwest Health Center, 8-3.
Knights of Columbus then went on to beat Vet-Vax, Inc., 8-7 on Friday.
Later that evening, Midwest Health Center fell to Leavenworth County Co-op, 7-4.
Himpel Lumber also lost a close one to Linwood, 5-3.
In the 7-8 age division, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission beat American Family Insurance, 11-1 on June 13.
Later that evening, Dr. Richard E. Dean beat Kaiser-Slawson, 6-4.
But on Friday, Dr. Richard E. Dean lost a close one to a tough Linwood team, 5-3.
An hour later, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission beat a Linwood team which wasn't quite as tough, 13-2.
The baseball teams starting at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday evening at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.