Archive for Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Tonganoxie Junior, Midget teams clinch summer tournament titles

July 23, 2003

Tonganoxie's California Blues won the Junior Baseball League Tournament by defeating Bonner Springs, 13-4.

Coached by Helen Newton, the Blues went 10-1-1; Bonner Springs was 11-1.

The Blues defeated the Tonganoxie Gold team, 8-7, in the semifinals and Edwardsville I, 17-2, in the quarterfinals. The Gold team was coached by Troy Erwin. The Gold team got past the Tonganoxie Lime team in the quarterfinals, 10-9, before being knocked out in the semifinals. Scott Gallagher coached the Lime team. The Tonganoxie Orange team, coached by Steve Woolf, advanced past Bonner Springs II, 14-7, in the quarterfinals, but Bonner Springs I overpowered the Orange team in the semifinals, 11-1.

In the Midget Baseball League Tournament, the Tonganoxie Lime team, coached by Mark Williams, won the six-team tourney with a 5-2 win against the Tonganoxie Reds. Coached by Chris Campbell, the Reds defeated the Gold team, 4-3, and the California Blues before reaching the title game. Gary Wagner coached the Gold team and Scott Soetaert coached the California Blues.

The No. 2 seed, the Lime team defeated Linwood, 8-4, in the semifinals. Linwood defeated the Tonganoxie Orange, 7-4, in the first round. The Orange, coached by Richard Erickson, were the No. 3 seed.

In softball action, Miles Excavating won the Kaw Valley Midget Girls Tournament with an 11-10 victory against the Tonganoxie Gold. The team, which was coached by Jerry Stockman, was the No. 3 seed.

Paul Gripka's California Blues defeated American Family Insurance, 5-4 in the quarterfinals but couldn't get past the Jayhawks in the semifinals.

Chuck Clark's Lime team was the No. 9 seed and advanced with a 6-5 win in one of two play-in games, but the Basehor Sting zapped the Lime with a 12-2 setback.

The final champion came in the Kaw Valley K-Ball Softball Tournament. Bonner Springs II dropped the Tonganoxie Orange, 13-9, for the tourney title.

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