Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2002

THS baseball craves season’s first victory

April 17, 2002

Tonganoxie couldn't end its early-season losing streak, but lightning did put the clamps on one of its games.

The Chieftains, who started the season 0-5, played their second game against Mill Valley Thursday when a storm front moved in. With lightning approaching, school officials postponed the game. Although no date was set, the game will resume with the start of the bottom of the fourth and Tonganoxie's Matt Gripka at the plate. Mill Valley leads the second game, 6-1.

In the earlier game, the Chieftains appeared ready for their first victory. Trailing 5-0, Tonganoxie scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth, and answered another Mill Valley run in sixth. The Jaguars, though, churned out six runs in the top of the sixth. Tonganoxie added a run in the sixth and had the bases loaded in the seventh, but couldn't generate any runs in the final inning. Mill Valley went on to win, 12-7.

Despite the team's rough start, THS coach John Lee said his team is beginning to produce.

"I think we're starting to hit the ball better," Lee said. "The kids are starting to understand their roles better."

Lee has been pleased with his pitchers. David Saultz allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to Piper. In that game, Zach Sanders was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Saultz was 2-for-3 and Pat Weyer was 1-for-4.

In game two, Tonganoxie lost, 15-0. Still, Lee has seen improvement with other players, especially relief pitchers Matt Gripka and Brad Reischman.

Tonganoxie takes on Basehor-Linwood on Thursday at home, and then heads to Santa Fe Trail next Tuesday.

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