Tonganoxie Legion team opens zone tournament
The Big T American Legion baseball team will continue its legion season with zone tournament play today against Leavenworth or Lansing.
The Tonganoxie squad, which consists primarily of older THS players and a few former THS players, opened the tournament Tuesday against the Blue Valley Huskies. That game didn't meet The Mirror's deadline, but a win against Blue Valley would put the team in a 7:45 p.m. showdown today against the Lawrence Raiders.
A loss would drop them into the losers bracket against the loser of the Leavenworth Legends vs. Lansing Cubs game. That game would start at 5:30 p.m. today. All tournament games are being played at Free State High School in Lawrence.
The squad, coached by THS coach Phil Loomis, was 14-11 on the season entering zone play.
On July 10, the Big T squad finished its regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Hoyt in Tonganoxie. The team defeated Hoyt, 8-0, in the first game in five innings and 12-2 in four innings in the second game.
"We've got several of the guys ... getting them focused and getting them trying to improve their games," Loomis said. "I would say it's been a pretty positive summer."
Loomis said the squad doesn't usually have any full-fledged team practices during the summer, but coaches work with players in smaller groups, with three or four players at a time.
Offensively, Tonganoxie has some players putting up respectable statistics.
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John Volk, who will be a sophomore at Allen County Community College, is leading the team in hitting with a .474 batting average. His brother, Daniel Volk, is right behind at .446. Daniel will be a senior this fall at THS.
Also hitting well for Tonganoxie are Logan Forbis at .412 and Todd Brown at .389.