Archive for Wednesday, April 26, 2006

THS, Basehor game set to resume today

April 26, 2006

Tonganoxie's game against Basehor-Linwood started last Wednesday, and Chieftain players and coaches hope it will end today.

The two teams played last Wednesday at Field of Dreams north of Basehor. The game went nine innings, still tied at 1, when the game was called because of darkness.

The game normally would be played at the Field of Dreams' main fields, which have lights, but sod recently was laid on those fields, so the game was played elsewhere at the complex. The field they played on didn't have lights.

The teams will resume play at 5 p.m. today at Field of Dreams. The game will start at the top of the 10th inning.

THS coach Debbie Himpel said the Chieftains will need to be focused against the Bobcats when the game resumes. She said the team has started slow in recent games, something that can't happen against Basehor-Linwood, she said.

"Even against Bonner Springs, we were kind of slow getting started," Himpel said, referring to a doubleheader sweep of BSHS on Thursday. "If your bad inning's your first inning, you're in trouble.

"It seems like we have one of those sluggish innings every game. And if it's that 10th inning, we may not have time to recoup."

Tonganoxie defeated Basehor-Linwood, 6-2, earlier in the season, but threatening weather forced the second game to be rescheduled for last Wednesday, which, it is hoped, will finish today.

On Thursday, Tonganoxie improved its record to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the Kaw Valley League with its sweep of Bonner Springs.

The Chieftains were in a first-place tie last week with Santa Fe Trail, but the Chargers lost their first league game to Lansing last week.

Tonganoxie, entering its games with Santa Fe Trail, was in sole possession of first place, so even with a loss the Chieftains still would be tied for first. Tuesday's games did not meet The Mirror's deadline, but full coverage of the doubleheader can be found in next week's edition of The Mirror.

Against Bonner Springs, Tonganoxie shut out BSHS in both games, 6-0 and 15-0.

Amie Riddle picked up the win in the first game, while Melissa Pratt earned her first win in the second game.

"It did a lot for Melissa, but it also did a lot for Amie," Himpel said. "It was a much-needed mental break (for Amie)."

Riddle has pitched 47 1/3 innings through eight games. That averages to about 6.7 innings a game. A regular high school softball game lasts seven innings. Riddle is 6-2 with a 0.875 earned-run average. She also has 40 strikeouts on the season. Riddle has allowed seven runs in nearly 48 innings.

Offensively, Lauren Himpel is the top batter with a .529 average. She's 18-for-34 on the year, including four doubles, three triples and a home run. Her older sister, Lauren Himpel, is right behind with a .474 average. Lauren is 18-for-38 on the year. Also hitting well this year is Tracie Hileman, who is batting .423 on 11-for-26 hitting.

Tonganoxie will travel Thursday to Perry-Lecompton to play the Kaws. And Tuesday, they'll be at home against Lansing.

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