THS softball nabs first KVL victory
Tonganoxie found a rather bittersweet result Thursday with a home doubleheader against Basehor-Linwood.
The good news was that, entering this week, the Chieftains are undefeated in Kaw Valley League play after beating BLHS in game one, 4-2.
For the bad news, the Bobcats returned in game two with a 15-0 thumping that was mercy-called after four innings.
Because only game one counted toward league standings, the Chieftains improved to 3-0 and 1-0 in the KVL after the first game. Despite trailing 2-0, Tonganoxie managed four runs in the bottom of the sixth and held on for a 4-2 victory. Laura Korb, Jessica Pearson, Laura Jeannin and Sarah Holliday all batted in runs in that inning. Addie Heim provided the biggest bang in the rally, connecting for a triple. Heim's hit scored Katie Jeannin, while Jessica Pearson doubled two batters later, bringing in the go-ahead run. The Chieftains added an insurance run and then held on in the seventh inning for the victory.
Game two, however, didn't include a Chieftain rally.
The Bobcats scored one run in both the first and fourth innings, but BLHS stuck a five-run second and an eight-run third on the board.
After winning game one, a fatigued Katie Jeannin came out of game two after an inning and two-thirds, allowing six runs on 10 hits. Lisa Rome pitched the remainder of the game, giving up nine runs. Rome, though, allowed five hits and six earned runs as the Chieftains committed four errors in the loss. Basehor-Linwood scored 15 runs on 15 hits, while Tonganoxie could only muster three hits in the loss.
The Bobcats shut down Tonganoxie in the second game, but THS coach Mark Mall was excited about the results in the opening game -- and that his team was 1-0 in the league.
"That was a big game for us," Mall said. "The girls didn't quit hitting."
After Tonganoxie's doubleheader Tuesday at Piper, the team is back home Thursday against Mill Valley.