Costly miscues doom Tonganoxie softball
Tonganoxie logged a convincing doubleheader sweep of Perry-Lecompton earlier in the season.
On Monday, there was no doubt which team was in control during a rematch in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal.
Tonganoxie committed nine errors and didn't generate much offense as Perry-Lecompton advanced with a 2-0 victory against THS at Basehor's Field of Dreams.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when Perry-Lecompton scored its first run. Ashlee Murphy threw from second to first to get the batter out. First baseman Addie Heim then threw home in an attempt to throw out a runner coming from third, but the Kaw slid home safely.
The Kaws added another run in the next inning. Tonganoxie had a few hits, including an Addie Heim double, but the Chieftains couldn't put enough hits together and fell again in the first round of regionals.
"If you have errors, you're going to lose," THS assistant coach Debbie Himpel said. "And we made them."
Himpel said she was concerned before the game when the team was warming up, that the team was "too laid back."
Tonganoxie ended their season at 10-11, while Perry-Lecompton improved to 7-12.
At one point earlier in the season, Tonganoxie stood at 3-8, but the Chieftains stormed back with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games.
For senior Laura Jeannin, it was a tough to end in regionals after storming back in the regular season.
"It was a fun season," Jeannin said. "But it sucks it has to end this way."
After losing to Tonganoxie earlier in the season, Perry-Lecompton appeared to have payback on its