Braves finish fourth in Florida tourney
Tonganoxie Braves players had a sunny disposition as they headed back to Kansas on Monday from the Sunshine State.
The 16A softball team competed Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Osceola, Fla., at the U.S. Specialty Sports Association Elite Fastpitch Softball Tournament.
The Braves went 3-3 and finished fourth in the nine-team national tournament.
Tonganoxie finished second in its pool. The Braves defeated a Jacksonville, Fla., club team in pool play, 7-4, but lost to the squad in bracket play, 7-3.
In the win, Melissa Pratt hit a home run, one of two she belted out of the park in the tournament. Pitcher Amie Riddle also connected for a homer.
The Florida team won the tournament.
The California Punishers also defeated Tonganoxie, 9-3, in bracket play.
"I know they could have finished third, but we had a bad inning against the California Punishers," coach Craig Lohman said. "We had five errors in one inning, and that's what beat us. That's what sent us home."
Teams from Canada, Virginia, Oklahoma, Michigan and Colorado also played.
"We played a real good weekend," Lohman said. "A lot of good teams. The girls enjoyed the weekend, they really had a blast."
The team also went to Cocoa Beach, the NASA museum, Disney World and Universal Studios while in Florida.
"And then we played softball," Lohman said with a laugh.