Tonganoxie No. 2 drops doubleheaders
The Tonganoxie Post 41 No. 2 team entered American Legion baseball action last week with a 3-1 record.
Unfortunately for the Tonganoxie squad, they will be fighting this week to climb back to .500.
The squad was swept in doubleheaders twice last week, first to Leavenworth's Geiger Ready Mix and then to the Leavenworth Legends.
Geiger Ready Mix came to town June 13 with a 5-1 record and continued its winning ways.
Geiger got an unearned run in the top of the first despite sending only four batters to the plate. The squad's leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch and, thanks to two errors, managed to score.
The score remained 1-0 through the third when Geiger added two more runs on two singles and a double. Tonganoxie responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two of its own. With one out, Kevin Hamm connected for a single. Pat Gallagher followed Hamm with a single of his own.
Hamm scored on a Rob Schlicht single and Gallagher scored on a single by Josh Nowasell. Geiger responded in the top of the fourth, adding three more runs on four hits. After holding Tonganoxie scoreless, Geiger tacked on two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Tonganoxie tried to get something going in the bottom of the sixth. James Bailey led off the inning with a single, and Schlicht followed by reaching base on a walk. Chris Newton then singled to score Bailey and Boone Sorrell singled to score Schlicht. Unfortunately for the Tonganoxie squad, it couldn't muster any more runs.
Geiger scored two more runs in the top of the seventh and sealed the win.
"This was our first look at a team with a lot of older players, and the guys might have been a little overwhelmed," coach Pat Bailey said. "Boone Sorrell started the game at pitcher and really did pitch well, we just did not give him a lot of help defensively."
Schlicht came on in relief in the sixth and pitched fairly well, despite giving up one run in the sixth and two in the seventh, which included a two-run shot over the left field fence.
After the game Schlicht jokingly told Bailey that he gave up his first home run to a 20-year-old. Bailey said Schlicht, who is 15, may have exaggerated slightly on the batter's age but said Schlicht gained some valuable experience on the mound.
Geiger 5, Tonganoxie 4
Rather than hang their heads from the earlier loss, Tonganoxie players appeared ready for the nightcap of the doubleheader.
James Bailey led off the game with a walk, and later scored on a Travis Freeman single.
Geiger scored twice in the bottom half of the inning on three hits. Tonganoxie responded with another run in the top of the second.
Blaize Oelschlaeger opened the inning with a single and later scored on a Kevin Hamm single. After a scoreless third and top of the fourth, Geiger broke the tie by adding on three runs in the bottom of the inning.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh. Patrick Gallagher led off the inning with a walk and Moved to second on a single by James Bailey. Schlicht then walked to load the bases and Gallagher scored on a Newton sacrifice fly.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Bailey scored on a double steal and a throwing error to third. That left Schlicht as the tying run on third with two outs, but Freeman bounced a grounder back to the pitcher. Rather than throw to first, the pitcher elected to focus on Schlicht, who eventually was thrown out in a rundown and Tonganoxie fell, 5-4.
Newton pitched a solid game for Tonganoxie, striking out 13 over seven innings.
Offensive leaders for Tonganoxie were James Bailey, 2-for-2; Kevin Hamm, 2-for-3; and Chris Newton and Blaize Oelschlaeger, both 1-for-2.
Leavenworth Legends 11, Tonganoxie 2
On Thursday, the Post 41 squad went on the road for the first time this season to play the Leavenworth Legends at the Sportsfield in Leavenworth.
Tonganoxie appeared ready to play in the first inning. James Bailey led off the game with a walk, moved to second on a Schlicht single, and to third on a Gill walk. Bailey scored on a single by Newton and Gill later scored on a single by Travis Freeman, which helped Tonganoxie to an early 2-0 lead.
"We should have scored more in the inning but we really hurt ourselves with some bad base running," coach Bailey said.
The Legends took the lead in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on four hits.
Leavenworth scored five more runs in the third on its way to an 11-2 victory.
"We let our heads get down a little and did not play the type of baseball that we are capable of," coach Bailey said.
Legends 14, Tonganoxie 10
Tonganoxie's bats came alive in the second game, but the team couldn't outlast the Legends in the slugfest. Tonganoxie had a seven-run second inning, but Leavenworth scored in six innings on its way to a 14-10 victory.
With one out in the second inning, Freeman belted out a double and scored on a Hamm single. Ryan Stockman then singled to move Hamm into scoring position, and Gallagher walked to load the bases.
Josh Nowasell then hit a single and recorded two RBI. Oelschlaeger followed with a double for two more RBI. Rob Schlicht then walked. Oelschlaeger scored on a Kevin Gill single and Schlicht scored on a single by Newton.
In the seventh, Stockman (2-for-3) led off the inning with a single and Gallagher and Nowasell each walked to load the bases. Gallagher eventually scored on a Schlicht single. Gill then walked to once again load the bases.
Newton, who would have been the tying run, stepped to the plate, but flied out.
"We made a few too many errors and made some bad base running mistakes and it cost us," Bailey said. "I let the guys know that it is still early in the season and we still have a lot of games ahead of us."
Tonganoxie will play again Thursday against the Lansing Cubs in Lansing.
Geiger 11, Tonganoxie 4
Geiger Ready Mix 102 321 3 -- 11
Tonganoxie 002 002 0 -- 4
Geiger 5, Tonganoxie 4
Tonganoxie 110 000 2 -- 4
Geiger Ready Mix 200 300 x -- 5
Legends 11, Tonganoxie 2
Tonganoxie 200 002 -- 2
Legends 305 30x -- 11
Leavenworth 14, Tonganoxie 10
Leavenworth 143 123 0 -- 14
Tonganoxie 070 020 1 -- 10