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Chieftain graduate plays in all-star game

July 3, 2007

If Daniel Volk were hitting sixth any other day of the week, he'd be near the end of the lineup.

In Wednesday's Kansas City Metro All-Star game, the recent Tonganoxie High graduate actually hit in the upper third of the lineup. Volk hit sixth of 19 for team Kansas at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones.

Volk went 1-for-2 with a single in Kansas' 5-3 losing effort against Missouri.

He said it was a bit difficult getting in an offensive rhythm with so many hitters in the lineup. As a result, nearly everyone on the roster received an opportunity to see the field.

"There were plenty of scouts there, so everyone wanted to do well," Volk said. "We were just having fun, to tell you the truth."

Volk didn't have much added pressure of performing in front of the scouts. He's already an invited walk-on next spring at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Division I school in Conference USA. If he makes the team, he'll play alongside his brother, John, a left-handed starting pitcher.

John Volk couldn't make Wednesday's game because he had to work. Daniel's parents and his oldest brother, Slim, made the trip to Kansas City, Kan.

Slim, who works in Colorado, is in town for two weeks. He had a certain request for Volk before the game.

"He came over to the dugout and yelled at me, then had me sign a baseball," Volk said of Slim. "I just laughed. I signed it and wrote, 'You're a loser' on the ball."

Defensively, Volk played in left field for Kansas. His usual position is in center field.

Kansas couldn't capitalize on Volk's single in his first plate appearance. The hit sailed over the Missouri second baseman's head and into the outfield. In his second and final plate appearance, Volk popped out.

"I had two strikes and I just shortened up and hit a curve ball," Volk said of the single. "I threw my hands and hit a line drive. It wasn't a bloop."

Volk said he knew of a few Kansas players from his high school days, including Cody McCoy, a first baseman from Basehor-Linwood. McCoy will play at Park University in Parkville, Mo., next season.

Baseball extra

Volk's summer league USSSA baseball team, the Tonganoxie Chieftains, were rained out of two games last week.

Tonganoxie (9-7) was supposed to travel to Topeka on June 27 to face Topeka Post 1, but wet grounds prohibited play.

The Chieftains also were rained out of their tournament over the weekend at Lansing. Coach Phil Loomis said the tournament wouldn't be rescheduled.

Tonganoxie will have its next game this weekend in the USSSA State tournament. The tournament will begin Friday at the Johnson County 3&2 Field in Lenexa.

Rain postpones

Post 41 games

The Tonganoxie American Legion Post 41 team had both of its games canceled last week because of wet conditions.

Post 41 (2-8) will have its game against the Leavenworth Knights rescheduled for July 15 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

The game against the Leavenworth Legends will be rescheduled for Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Both games will be doubleheaders at 6 and 8 p.m.

Post 41 will compete in its double elimination state tournament July 24.

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