THS softball outlasts P-L in marathon
Three Tonganoxie pitchers, 21 runs, 12 innings.
And a Chieftain victory.
The numbers added up to plenty of excitement in game 2 of a doubleheader between THS and Perry-Lecompton on Thursday in Lecompton.
Heather Ramirez started the game and lasted six innings. When she left the game, the teams were tied at 10.
Katie Jeannin, who was battling a nagging elbow, lasted three innings in the first game and came on for three innings of relief in game 2.
But it was freshman Amie Riddle who picked up the win, pitching three innings of scoreless ball.
As for Tonganoxie's offense, the Chieftains put up the winning run on an Ashlee Murphy hit and THS prevailed in a marathon, 11-10.
The doubleheader started at 4:30 p.m. When the team loaded the bus for the trip home, coach Merri Samuels' watch read 9:10 p.m.
"That was the best team effort," said Samuels. "The team was just really together and excited."
Although the game was an offensive battle, Tonganoxie's defense came through at crucial times. Michelle McWilliams had a diving catch, Casey Cooper hauled in a shoe-string catch and Sarah Holliday caught the entire game, along with game 1. And overall in two games, the Chieftains committed just four errors.
Tonganoxie actually trailed, 7-2, after three innings before making a furious rally of its own with a five-run fourth. Laura Jeannin led the team in RBI with four and had a double, as did Mollie McCaffrey. Murphy also had a triple against the Kaws.
The extra-inning win capped off a sweep for visiting Tonganoxie. The Chieftains survived the first game with a 6-4 victory before winning the super-sized battle.
"We were hitting their pitchers," Samuels said.
The wins put Tonganoxie at 10-6 overall entering the final week of the season. On Tuesday, Lansing came to Tonganoxie for the Chieftains' final home doubleheader of the season. Friday, the team completes the season with games at De Soto.
Tonganoxie 4-2, Santa Fe Trail 3-5
Thursday's win against Perry-Lecompton actually was the Chieftains' second extra-inning game of the week, but THS and Santa Fe Trail didn't need as many innings to decide the winner.
Playing in Tonganoxie on April 27, the Chieftains trailed the Chargers for much of the game. But Addie Heim hit a game-tying double in the bottom of the seventh that pushed the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, McCaffrey nabbed a game-winning RBI. The hit scored Murphy and led to a Chieftain celebration.
In the second game, Tonganoxie jumped in front early, 2-0, but costly errors and timely big hits from the SFT bats evened the series. The Chargers won, 5-2.
Tonganoxie 4, Santa Fe Trail 3 (8 innings)
Santa Fe Trail 101 000 10 -- 3 11 0
Tonganoxie 000 001 21 -- 4 10 0
Santa Fe Trail 5, Tonganoxie 2
Santa Fe Trail 000 013 1 -- 5 10 0
Tonganoxie 200 000 0 -- 2 11 1
Tonganoxie 6, Perry-Lecompton 4
Tonganoxie 020 004 0 -- 6 14 1
PLHS 101 010 1 -- 4 10 1
Tonganoxie 11, Perry-Lecompton 10 (12 innings)
Tonganoxie 002 503 000 001 -- 10 26 3
PLHS 502 002 100 000 -- 4 10 1