Lightning shortens Post 41’s weekend
Grant Ebbert was protecting a two-run lead for Tonganoxie Post 41 Saturday night when lightning struck nearby the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
"Time!" the umpire yelled. "Ballgame."
Tonganoxie led Lansing in the second game of a doubleheader, 3-1, but it didn't count as a victory because the game only went through one inning. Coach Pat Bailey said the game would most likely not be made up.
Grant Ebbert produced the first two runs of the game with a shot toward center field. The ball had range, but was certainly within reach of Lansing's centerfielder. The centerfielder put his glove up for the catch, but the ball hit the top of the glove and sailed past the fielder. Ebbert reached second base on the error.
"It felt like it was a power shot, but I kind of got under it," Ebbert said. "Coach teaches us to touch second base anyways on pop flies, so you're heading there, just in case they drop it like that."
Chris Newton hit a bloop single into right field that scores Ebbert and gave Tonganoxie a 3-0 lead.
Ebbert, who typically plays first base, pitched one inning, gave up one run and struck out one before the lightning struck.
"With the lead we had, I was just trying to throw strikes and not walk people or give them extra bases," Ebbert said. "I wanted to make them earn it."
Post 41 lost the first game of the doubleheader, 9-6, in nine innings.
"We had three innings there where we could have put it away," outfielder James Bailey said. "We just didn't step up."
Newton pitched in relief and held Lansing scoreless in the eighth inning. Pat Gallagher started the bottom of the eighth inning with a double, but Post 41 couldn't produce a run from the opportunity.
Lansing scored three runs in the top of the ninth and held Post 41 scoreless in the bottom half of the frame.
Post 41 had opportunities earlier in the game as well. Tonganoxie left the bases loaded three times.
"It was there for the taking, but we just didn't take it," Pat Bailey said.
Rob Schlicht started the game for Post 41 and pitched 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four.
Tonganoxie (5-15) will have one more regular-season game Friday before the double elimination league tournament, which is a five-day tournament that begins Tuesday at the fairgrounds and Padilla Field in Leavenworth.
"I don't think we're scared of anybody," Pat Bailey said. "This league is as close as I've ever seen it as far as talent. There's no reason we can't step up and take the whole thing if we play well."
Post 41 sweeps Geiger
Tonganoxie swept Geiger, 7-6 and 15-8, in a doubleheader last Tuesday at the fairgrounds. Schlicht pitched 6 2/3 innings for Tonganoxie and struck out seven. Jon Harris delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Post 41 lost Kevin Stewart for the remainder of the summer after the outfielder/pitcher came in to relieve Schlicht. Stewart injured his thumb when a Geiger player slid into a base where Stewart was trying to apply a tag.
In the 15-8 game two victory, Ebbert pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out five. He also went 4-for-4 at the plate. James Bailey and Harris went 4-for-5.
Tonganoxie splits with Knights
Post 41 split a makeup series against the Leavenworth Knights Sunday night at the fairgrounds. Tonganoxie won the first game, 10-7, but lost the second game, 15-0 (three innings). In the game one victory, Jace Waters pitched a complete game and struck out 14.
Post 41 vs. Lansing Saturday scoring summary (game 1):
Bot. 1: Post 41 scores two runs on bases loaded walks (2-3), Kyle Newton RBI single (3-3)
Bot. 4: Rob Schlicht RBI single (4-4), Ryan Stockman 2-RBI single (6-4)
Post 41 vs. Lansing Saturday linescore (game 1):
Lansing 300 110 103 -- 9
Post 41 300 300 000 -- 6