Tonganoxie No. 1 win streak comes to an end
The Tonganoxie No. 1 American Legion baseball team experienced something last Wednesday it hadn't endured since early June -- a loss.
Playing last Wednesday against the Leavenworth Knights in Leavenworth, Tonganoxie fell, 12-4. The loss snapped Tonganoxie's 12-game winning streak.
Knights batters rattle Tonganoxie pitching ace John Volk scoring four runs in the first, another in the second and four more in the third.
Tonganoxie, which hadn't played in more than a week, struggled in the first game against the Knights. Tonganoxie scored two runs in the first, but didn't score again until the seventh.
"Not to take anything away from the Knights, but we were a little sluggish," coach Andy Gilner said.
The team responded in the second game as it shut out the Knights, 14-0. Tonganoxie's best inning was the second when six runners scored. Daniel Volk and Derek Sparks started the inning by reaching base on a walk and an error respectively. Phil George reached base on a walk and loaded the bases for Kelton Starcher, whose single brought in Volk and Sparks. Putthoff then reached base after being hit by a pitch before Jake Heskett reached base on a walk. Kevin Gill also made it to first after being hit by a pitch.
In the fourth, Daniel Volk and Sparks again started things off. Both singled before John Volk reached on a fielder's choice. Phil George then brought in both Volks with a double.
Putthoff struck out seven Knights batters in four innings of work.
On Friday, Tonganoxie went to work on its second winning streak of the year. The team defeated Geiger of Leavenworth, 18-7 and 15-7, and improved to 16-2 on the season.
Kirk Rodell was the highlight of the doubleheader, going 7-for-9 in the two games with 9 RBI. He was a perfect 5-for-5 in the first game and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Rodell had two singles, two doubles and a home run.
Tonganoxie will hit the road again today with a doubleheader in Leavenworth against Post 23. The team then will play again on the road Monday against the Easton Outlaws.
The team also will be playing in a zone tournament July 21-25 in Hiawatha. If Tonganoxie wins that tourney, it will play next month at state in Pratt.