Korb saves game, ends 2001 season with injury
Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes a person can experience both in the span of an hour.
That's what happened to Tonganoxie softball catcher Andrea Korb Monday in the Chieftains' first-round regional tournament win in Hiawatha against Jefferson West.
She had the biggest hit of her career in the second inning of the 7-1 victory, and ended her season when she broke her wrist two innings later.
The score was knotted at zeros in the top of the second. The bases were loaded, and Jeff West threw Korb the wrong pitch. She made them pay, hitting a grand slam to give the Chieftains a 4-0 lead.
The Chieftains held Jeff West scoreless for the remainder of the game except for a meaningless run in the game's final inning.
But that defense didn't come without a price. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Korb broke her right wrist while defending home plate.
"But the girls kept their composure," said Coach Mark Mall. "We scored some more runs, played good defense and finished the game strong."
Laura Korb replaced her cousin at catcher.
The Chieftains out-hit Jeff West, 8-4, and were walked twice.
Katie Jeannin went 2-3 from the plate, had one RBI and pitched all seven innings.
On the mound, she threw two strikeouts, walked nobody and gave up four hits.
Kristin Korb went 1-3 from the plate, including a double, drove in two runs and scored one herself.
Laura Korb, Jeannie Bundy, Kim Newton and Heather Beach also had hits for the Chieftains.
The regional tournament's next round is Thursday at Hiawatha.
Last week, Tonganoxie went 1-1 to cap its regular season with a 12-6 record.
On May 8, the team faced Lansing and Piper in a triangular.
In the Chieftains' first game, against Lansing, neither team could bat well. Lansing had two hits in the game, and the Chieftains had four.
But Tonganoxie beat Lansing, 5-0, as Lansing's pitcher walked four batters. Jeannin walked no one.
Tonganoxie's hitting woes continued in the second game, against Piper. Tonganoxie only hit for base twice in the game. Piper, meanwhile, got five hits. The team scored one run in the top of the sixth to take the 1-0 win.
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