Holding on to first place
The streak just keeps on going for the Tonganoxie No. 1 American Legion team.
Playing June 28 against the Lansing Reds in Lansing, Tonganoxie swept the doubleheader, 5-2 and 9-2, and improved to 13-1 on the season.
In the first game, the teams were tied at 2 after two innings, but Tonganoxie broke the tie, thanks to a John Volk double to right field that scored two runners.
Tonganoxie added another run in the sixth and eventually held on for the 5-2 lead.
Joe Park started the game on the mound for Tonganoxie. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up six hits. He struck out a batter and walked two others.
"Joe Park was getting tired," Tonganoxie coach Andy Gilner said.
Park, who was one out away from a complete game, threw 94 pitches.
John Volk pitched in relief of Park. Volk walked the first batter, but forced the next Lansing batter to fly out, which ended the game.
In the second game, Kelton Starcher went to the mound for Tonganoxie, but he finished off the Reds in quicker fashion, thanks to some extensive offensive support.
Tonganoxie opened the second game with a four-run first inning. Phil George knocked in a run with a double. Tonganoxie already scored two unearned runs in the inning before George's hit.
Although Tonganoxie didn't score in the second, the team added five more runs in the fifth. John Volk, Kelton Starcher and Kevin Gill all had singles for Tonganoxie in the third. Each hit also scored a run.
Gilner said Tonganoxie hit the ball well in the second game, which ended after four innings because of the mercy rule -- Tonganoxie was leading by seven runs through four innings.
"The first game, though, we just didn't hit the ball," Gilner said.
Starcher tallied six strikeouts against the Reds in the second game and gave up just two hits.
Tonganoxie is scheduled to play today at Leavenworth against the Knights and Friday, again in Leavenworth, against Geiger Ready-Mix.
Gilner expects his team to play in a Legion zone tournament soon, but hasn't received information about when or where the team will play. The zone tournament is the first level of postseason play for the state's Legion teams.
Tonganoxie No. 2, meanwhile, has been assigned to a tournament that starts Friday in Ottawa.
Tonganoxie 022 001 0 -- 5 4 3
Lansing Reds 020 000 0 -- 2 7 3
Lansing Reds 000 2 -- 2 2 3
Tonganoxie 405 x -- 9 5 1
Tonganoxie No. 2 drops doubleheader
Tonganoxie No. 2 played at home June 26 against Geiger Ready-Mix. The Tonganoxie team had the lead against Geiger in the second game, but couldn't register its first win of the season. Tonganoxie lost to Geiger, 9-1 and 12-3.
The team will be back in action July 7 at home against Post 23 Auxiliary. Games will begin at 6 p.m.
Geiger 9, Tonganoxie No. II 1
Starting pitcher Eric Lowe got off to a rough start June 26 against Geiger Ready-Mix in Tonganoxie, walking the first two batters he faced before striking out the third hitter.
He gave up five runs in the first. Lowe, who had three strikeouts in the game, pitched well in the following innings, holding Geiger scoreless during the next two innings. He then gave up one run in the fourth.
The team struggled in the fifth, giving up four runs on a combination of errors and good hitting by Geiger. Logan Forbis came in to pitch in the fifth and retired the two batters he faced.
Tonganoxie's lone run came in the fourth when James Bailey (1-for-1, double) walked, stole second and scored on a double by Logan Forbis (1-for-2). Tonganoxie's only other hit came from Tyler Sparks (1-for-2 ).
Geiger 12, Tonganoxie No. II 3
Alex Nowasell led the game off with a walk and stole second. James Bailey moved him to third with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.
Jordan Diekman (2-for-3) then hit him home to make the score 1-0. Alex Nowasell started the game at pitcher and allowed only one hit and two strikeouts through two innings.
In the second inning Tonganoxie scored twice after Bailey walked, Diekman got a base hit and Trey Lohman (1 for 2) smashed the ball down the right field line for 2 RBI's. Boone Sorrell (2 strikeouts) came in to pitch the third and held Geiger scoreless again.
Errors proved costly for the team in the fourth and fifth innings when Tonganoxie No. 2 gave up six runs in the fourth and another six in the fifth.
Josh Nowasell went 1-for-2 in the game and Ryan Stockman was 2-for-2.