Stranded runners doom THS in game two of doubleheader against Lansing squad
In game one, the Chieftains couldn't score.
In game two, Tonganoxie moved runners into scoring position, but couldn't capitalize.
After dropping the first game, 9-0, Monday against Lansing at the TRC baseball complex, THS was within shouting distance of the Lions throughout game two.
Despite trailing 7-1 after two innings, the Chieftains twice had players at second and third in the middle innings, but THS left those runners stranded. Tonganoxie trailed 10-2 going into the bottom of the ninth and put on a rally in the bottom half of the inning, but the deficit was too large to overcome and the Chieftains fell, 10-5.
"I can sum it all up -- we had missed opportunities," THS coach Sean Randall said.
As the team dropped to 2-12 after the Lansing sweep, those opportunities appear to be there during one at-bat and gone the next.
THS didn't always capitalize when it had to in the second game, but the Chieftains did scatter around their offensive production.
Marc Heninger had two RBI, while Derek Sparks and Ross Starcher each had one. The other THS run came thanks to a Lansing error.
THS had six hits in the twinbill's rubber game, all coming from different bats.
Kirk Rodell, Kyle Mayse, Shane Cooper, Heninger, Kelton Starcher and Ross Starcher all had hits.
"We're getting more patient at the plate," Randall said.
Tonganoxie earned its second win of the season last Thursday with a win against Perry-Lecompton in Perry. The Chieftains won the first game, 7-6, but dropped the second in the bottom of the seventh. That marks the second time this season Tonganoxie couldn't hang on in the final inning.