Softball team ends season, re-write record book
The Tonganoxie softball team ended its season May 16 when it lost to Basehor-Linwood in the regional semi-final game in Eudora.
Pitcher Courtney Reed held the Chieftains hitless. The final score was 10-0.
Coach Mark Mall said the Basehor-Linwood team that Tonganoxie faced had shown few chinks in its armor.
"Their pitcher threw an excellent game," he said. "They only had one error."
Mall said that seniors Deaven Workman, Jenny Crain, Sammy Schiltz, Leslie Starcher and Rae Everett had worked hard this season and had contributed much to its success.
Workman finished the year with the second-best season batting average in school history at .427. She also tied the school mark for homers at three and for hits with 35.
For her career, Workman finished in Tonganoxie's top five in RBI, homeruns, doubles, hits and runs scored.
"Deaven has been great for us all four years she's been our catcher," Mall said.
Jenny Crain finished the year with 29 hits, good enough for third all-time for Tonganoxie. She went from striking out 24 times in 44 plate appearances last season to a .397 batting average this year.
Pitcher Sammy Schiltz worked hard in the off-season to become a legitimate starting pitcher for the team, Mall said. She pitched 12 games for the Chieftains this season, striking out 33 batters.
Leslie Starcher was a key all-around player for the team this season. She had a .320 batting average with 10 RBIs and spent time at first base and on the pitcher's mound.
"Leslie had a great win for us, filling in at pitcher against Perry," Mall said.
Another utility player for the team was Rae Everett, who came up with big hits for the team including two homers. She added versatility to a team that Mall said had suffered more than usual from sickness.
"Rae gave us some key help at first and at catcher," Mall said.
Other notable players for this year's squad were Sarah Subelka and Kim Newton. Subelka's team-leading 19 RBIs put her in a tie for the second-best single-season performance in Tonganoxie history. Newton had five doubles for the Chieftains, putting her at No. 2 on the single-season list.
With its regional semi-final loss, the team's final record was 8-14.