Archive for Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Chieftain baseball mark drops to 0-12

April 28, 2004

Tonganoxie couldn't break its losing streak Monday in Overbrook.

As for Santa Fe Trail, its ship stayed right on course.

The Chargers defeated the Chieftains, 9-1 and 10-1, keeping Tonganoxie winless for another day. Santa Fe Trail, meanwhile, improved to 15-1.

"We just haven't put it together yet," Tonganoxie coach Andy Gilner said.

SFT's Curtis Musgrave improved to 3-0 on the season with a win in game 1. Musgrave struck out seven and went 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Todd Fannin and Shawn Conklin also gave the Chieftains fits.

Fannin finished the day 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and Conklin was a perfect 3-for-3. Kelton Starcher took the loss for Tonganoxie.

In game 2, Santa Fe Trail again shut down the visitors. Brian Shively pitched a win for the Chargers with nine strikeouts, while Jacob Herrstrom took the loss for the Chieftains.

Tonganoxie made up a rain-postponed game Tuesday at home with Ottawa and will be at home again Thursday against Perry-Lecompton.

"We've just got to believe that we can win and go after it," Gilner said.

Bonner Springs 8-18, Tonganoxie 7-6

The win was there, but the Chieftains couldn't hold off Bonner Springs late to claim it Thursday in Tonganoxie.

Thanks to a late spark, the Braves prevailed, 8-7.

Tonganoxie actually had the lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Derek Sparks led off with a walk. In the next at-bat, Daniel Volk reached base with a single and Sparks was on third.

Sparks then scored on a Kirk Rodell sacrifice fly. Shane Cooper reached on an error and Jacob Herrstrom walked before Hunter Samuels put the Chieftains ahead, 6-5, with a two-out double.

In the top-half of the inning, pitcher John Volk provided a defensive spark. With the bases loaded, Volk struck out the next two batters and the Chieftains were out of the inning. Bonner Springs, though, brought in two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh and held off Tonganoxie.

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