Baseball team want to play ‘the spoiler’
Tonganoxie coach John Lee would love to see the Chieftains' baseball fortunes switch and his six seniors head out on winning notes.
But that's an ambitious dream.
The Chieftains were 1-17 heading into Monday night's game against Pleasant Ridge. That game was again canceled Tuesday because of extensive rain.
THS now has an extra game against De Soto on Thursday before regionals begin next week. The Chieftains will most likely be the No. 8 seed against the top seed and regional host, Bishop Ward.
"I told them they can do one of two things," Lee said. "We can be the spoilers or we can lay down and die. For the seniors' sakes, I hope we make an attempt and do not fold up."
Pat Weyer and Zach Sanders have played varsity their entire high school careers. Lee pointed to them as players he wants to see finish strong. Other seniors are Matt Alexander, Matt Tate, Matt Gripka and David Saultz.
After defeating Perry-Lecompton April 25, Tonganoxie dropped four straight games, including 9-2 and 7-2 setbacks to De Soto, which was 3-13 coming into the doubleheader with Tonganoxie.
Despite the rough road, the Chieftains have shown signs of improvement, while maintaining some strong hitters.
Saultz, Sanders and Weyer hover near the .400 mark, while Kirk Rodell is hitting above .500 in his last five games with 6 RBI in that stretch.
"That's quite impressive for a freshman," Lee said.
Against De Soto, Saultz went 4-for-6 and Rodell was 3-for-5.
The Chieftains will need those bats when regionals begin next week.
Brackets will be determined at noon today.
De Soto 501 000 3 9
Tonganoxie 000 200 0 2
De Soto 310 001 2 7
Tonganoxie 001 001 0 2