THS baseball rally sinks No. 2 Sumner, 7-6
Playing Monday in a Class 4A regional first-round game, the Tonganoxie High baseball team sizzled at the home of the Kansas City T-Bones.
The underdog Chieftains, the No. 7 seed, rallied for a 7-6 victory in nine innings against No. 2 Sumner.
Most of that fire, though, came in the sixth inning.
Trailing 4-0 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the Chieftains used small ball and timely Sumner errors to post six runs in the top of the sixth.
Jace Waters opened the inning with a walk before Keith Wentz-Hall hit a single to center field. Todd Brown then singled and loaded the bases before Daniel Volk's infield hit drove in the first of six runs. Phil George then sacrificed another run in before Jake Herrstrom reached base safely.
When the top of the sixth was finished, the Chieftains suddenly had a 6-4 lead.
Entering Monday's Class 4A regional, Tonganoxie hadn't won a postseason baseball game since 2000, nor had it posted a winning season since that season.
One big inning against Sumner, however, ignited a Chieftain rally and put a new spin on the 2006 campaign.
But Tonganoxie would need extra innings to complete the upset bid.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sumner responded with two runs and tied the game at six.
In the top of the seventh, Tonganoxie had runners in scoring position, but couldn't get a run across.
After holding Sumner scoreless, the Chieftains again threatened. THS had the bases loaded and nobody out, but a double play deflated Tonganoxie's chances.
In the top of the ninth, Tonganoxie again threatened.
After Wentz-Hall led off with a walk, he moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Brown had a sacrifice bunt that moved Wentz-Hall to third.
With two out, Phil George popped to right, but the right fielder misplayed the ball and Wentz-Hall scored.
Finally, the Chieftains had a score.
Tonganoxie held on in the bottom of the ninth for the one-run victory.