Uneven scoring plagues softball summer league
There was only one close Tonganoxie softball game at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds last week, and scores in every other game were lopsided.
The one close game was last Monday night when 13-14 age division team Community National Bank edged a strong Bonner Springs team, 10-9.
Mark Zerrer, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission director said that he wasn't sure why the scoring was so disproportionate but that the cause could lie in how the teams are put together.
"We try to make out teams as evenly matched as possible, but the other towns may not," he said. "I can't really tell you why some towns have teams that do so much better that others, and others that do so much worse."
Zerrer also said that coaching and practice times were still important factors in how well any team does.
On June 19, the 13-14 age division team Hancock Realtors beat Bonner Springs 17-2.
It then lost its Thursday game against Basehor 11-4
In the 11-12 age division, red-hot Sertomas beat River City Gardening 16-7 on June 19.
On Thursday, it beat Bonner Springs 10-4. Sertomas won again Monday, this time because its Lansing opponents couldn't field a team.
"We've gotten good hitting this year," said coach Peggy Pistora. "Good pitching always helps and we've had that but the main key to our success has been hitting."
And the team has been successful this summer. It's only lost one game.
Also on Monday, Community National Bank lost to Bonner Springs 14-6.
Tonganoxie teams are dominating the 9-10 age division.
On June 19, Rising Sun Construction beat Lansing 12-4.
On Thursday, Midwest Carpet beat Edwardsville 12-0. When the two teams squared up Monday, one of the teams had to lose. But not before the two fought tooth and nail to the end.
"That was a really exciting ball game," Zerrer said.
The two teams battled into an extra inning, trading hard-earned run for hard earned run.
When the dust had cleared, Community National Bank was ahead 6-5.
Most of the games were closer in the 7-8 age division.
On June 19, Henri Masonic Lodge beat Bonner Springs 3-2. Later that night, Tonganoxie Civic Club beat Triple Creek Realty 11-4.
Triple Creek Realty also lost its next outing on Thursday when Basehor won 18-3. Also on Thursday, Chappell Hill Sewing beat Lansing 4-2.
Chappell Hill Sewing also won its game Monday, beating Bonner Springs 10-7.
Later that night, Henri Masonic Lodge lost a high-scoring contest against Basehor 14-10.