Softball team outlasts Mill Valley in 10th
After starting the season 4-0, Tonganoxie dropped three straight games and was in danger of losing a fourth on Thursday.
The Chieftains, though, held on. But it took a little extra time.
Tonganoxie, playing at Mill Valley, was tied at four with the Jaguars going into the 10th inning. With Sarah Subelka on first, Kim Newton smacked one of her two doubles in the game, advancing Subelka to home and helping the Chieftains to a win. THS won, 5-4, and improved to 5-3 overall and 1-3 in the Kaw Valley League.
"It was big to win on the road," said Mark Mall, THS coach.
Tonganoxie got out of jams late in the game. The Jags had runners on first with nobody out in the seventh, eighth and 10th innings, but Mill Valley could produce no runs.
Katie Jeannin earned the win, pitching 10 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
Newton led the team offensively, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run. Addie Heim also had two RBI, while Subelka had one.
"We hit the ball a lot better in the second game," Mall said.
In the first game, Tonganoxie was tied at one going into the bottom of the sixth. Mill Valley scored two runs in that inning and held on for the 3-1 win. The Chieftains had just three hits, while MVHS had four. THS, though, committed four errors and the Jags had just one earned run. Andrea Korb was the team's bright spot in that game, going 1-for-3 with a double.
Jeannin took the loss, even though one run was earned on a four-hitter. She also had six strikeouts.
On April 9, Tonganoxie was handed its first losses of the season, as Piper shut down the Chieftains, limiting them to one run in two games.
Tonganoxie played Immaculata on Tuesday. Results from that game, along with results from Thursday's game at Basehor-Linwood will appear in next week's Mirror.
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