Santa Fe Trail sweeps Tonganoxie baseball
Highly touted pitcher Rob Musgrave didn't pitch for Santa Fe Trail, but the Chargers still erupted for a doubleheader sweep of Tonganoxie on Monday.
Tonganoxie trailed 7-1 after five innings, but the Chargers used a four-run sixth and cushioned the lead to 11-1. The Chieftains couldn't respond and lost in six be-cause of the mercy rule.
In game two, Santa Fe Trail led 4-2, but exploded in the fifth with eight runs and took home a 12-2 victory.
"It's one or two things a game," coach Sean Randall said. "Those things are costing us three or four runs. If we stop those, we're there."
Although Tonganoxie hasn't had strong hitting, Randall said those few problems are coming defensively.
Offensively, timely hitting is the problem.
"We're getting on base, we're just not making contact," Randall said.
Earlier in the season, Randall changed the lineup a bit, moving Kirk Rodell from No. 6 to lead-off. In the first contest with the new lineup, the Chieftains opened the game with five runs in game two against Basehor-Linwood.
Against Santa Fe Trail, Rodell didn't fare as well, but Randall isn't concerned.
"Rodell has been making consistent contact," Randall said. "He struggled against Trail, but I expect him to come back."
The Chieftains hit the road Thursday for a battle of the Randalls.
Sean Randall and Tonganoxie will take on Bobby Randall and Perry-Lecompton in Perry.
Bobby previously coached at Kansas, but resigned his position in Lawrence last year.
The two Randalls, however, are not related.
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