Tournament loss ends Legion season
High expectations meant that the Tonganoxie Merchants ended the American Legion baseball season a sour note.
Playing in the Leavenworth American Legion League Tournament last week at Padilla Field in Leavenworth, the Merchants advanced to the title game, but the Basehor Hammers shut them down, winning 13-3.
Tonganoxie, the No. 3 seed, got on the board first when Pat Weyer scored on an error after walking initially. Basehor, seeded second, answered with four runs in the bottom of the first, along with a five-run third that helped keep the game out of reach.
"The pitching just wasn't as good as it needed to be," Merchant coach Chip Saultz said. "In the championship game, we didn't hit the ball either."
Tonganoxie was coming into the title game with an upset win against top-seeded and previously undefeated Varsity Sports of Kansas City.
Saultz said the 11-8 win was a major highlight for his team, but the end wasn't as joyous.
Basehor finished the Legion season 18-1 and took third at the AAA Zone Tournament the week before, while Tonganoxie ended the season at 11-4.
The Merchants improved from last year, and an overall young team means the same group should return next year.
"If everyone plays, we shouldn't lose anybody and should be better next year," Saultz said.