Archive for Thursday, August 8, 2002

Tournament bypasses Legion team

August 8, 2002

The Tonganoxie American Legion season is absolutely finished.

A meeting was scheduled last July 19 to discuss a possible conference tournament for the Leavenworth American Legion Baseball League. But Mike Weyer, who coordinates the team's schedule, did not attend. He did have other coaches speak on Tonganoxie's behalf, but Tonganoxie wasn't invited.

Tonganoxie's team was late in getting formed earlier this summer, which left Wey-er to scramble to set up games. The team played within the Leaven-worth league in the regular season, but didn't get the invitation for the tournament.

The top-seeded Bonner Springs Warriors eventually defeated the Leavenworth C&H Outlaws last week for the Leavenworth league championship.

Tonganoxie almost didn't have a team after fielding two, one younger and one older, last season. After a late start in getting everything arranged, one team was formed and Weyer had to assemble a schedule. Despite the late start, the team still had sponsorship from Tonganoxie merchants, something Weyer said the team was appreciated.

The season had its share of team's not showing because of a lack of numbers or a doubleheader being rescheduled for a different date. Still, the team did put together a full season, going 25-13. Matt Weyer led the team in batting with a sound .508 average.

Tonganoxie had three other players hit .400 or better. Zach Sanders, who will play baseball at St. Mary in Leavenworth next spring, had a .441 average. Pat Weyer, who's headed to Fort Scott Community College to play football and baseball in the upcoming school year, had a .429 clip. Derek Daniels hit .400 for the season.

Matt Weyer also led the team in hits (32) and singles (26). James Hartshorn led the team in doubles (8) and home runs (3). Kyle Mayse had the top triple production, hitting three on the year. Hartshorn, Sanders and Matt Weyer each had two.

From the mound, Brad Reischman led the team in strikeouts with 42. He also walked 22 batters, allowed 42 runs in 38 1/3 innings. Reischman also faced 178 batters. Matt Alexander struck out 27, Nick Volk also struck out 21, while Matt Tate fanned 19.

The winning season was a refreshing change for the team, which ended the high school season in May with just one win.

"The kids played really well together," Coach Weyer said.

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