Chieftains jolt Jeff West
Tonganoxie first baseman and senior Kim Newton didn't spend much time getting settled into the new season Thursday.
At bat in the bottom of the first in the team's season opener, Newton pulled a hit down the left field line.
The ball rolled to the fence after a Jeff West error, Newton ran home, and the Chieftains never looked back.
Newton's triple drove in a run, and Newton then came home with the error. She helped extend Tonganoxie's lead to 3-0.
That's all Tonganoxie High School needed, as they posted an 8-1 victory in the season opener.
"We were laying down bunts and putting the ball in play," said THS coach Mark Mall.
The Chieftain coach was also pleased with the team's defensive effort, citing Newton's play at first as an example.
"Defensively, she scooped up some softballs and saved some plays," he said.
Newton finished the first game with three hits and four RBI. In the second game, fellow senior Sarah Subelka was the offensive leader, matching Newton's three hits and one triple. Jeff West scored first in the top of the third, but Tonganoxie answered with 11 of its own runs and improved to 2-0 on the season.
"It kind of motivated me for the rest of the year," Subelka said about her hitting performance. "It kind of got the nerves out with the first doubleheader."
In the first game, Subelka and Karley Bennett complemented Newton by each getting two hits. Andrea Korb, Addie Heim, Laura Korb and Jessica Pearson also had hits in the win. Along with Newton's four RBI, Subelka, Andrea Korb and Addie Heim each had one RBI.
Defensively, Katie Jeannin pitched a complete seven-inning game for the win. Jeannin scattered five hits among 26 batters and struck out six. She also walked one batter.
In the second game, Jeannin hurled a two-hitter through six innings and fanning three batters.
Jeff West actually scored first in the top of the third, grabbing a 1-0 lead. But the Chieftains had 11 runs on eight hits in the next three innings and capitalized on two Tiger errors. Tonganoxie won, 11-1.
Michelle McWilliams led the team with 3 RBI, while Andrea Korb had two, and Subelka, Jeannin and Newton each had one.
Subelka said that although the schedule would become more difficult as the season progressed, the wins against Jeff West were important.
"I think 2 and 0's a good start for us," Subelka said. "It gets us ready for the rest of the year."
Tonganoxie will take on Atchison at 4 p.m. Thursday at home in a doubleheader.
Game 1 R H E
Jeff West (0-1) 000 100 0 1 5 2
Tonganoxie (1-0) 300 320 x 8 11 0
Game 2 R H E
Jeff West (0-2) 001 000 1 2 2
Tonganoxie (2-0) 000 164 11 8 0