Mirror staff reports
The Tonganoxie Post 41 American Legion baseball team got its first win of the season Sunday with a 9-1 victory against the Easton Lions at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
Tonganoxie's Chris Newton pitched a complete game and gave up only two hits. Newton also produced at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI. Derek Erwin, Ryan Smith and Pat Gallagher all went 2-for-2 at the plate.
Easton Lions 11, Post 41 6
Post 41 lost the second game of the doubleheader, 11-8, and dropped to 1-5 this season.
Kevin Stewart had a massive day at the plate, going 4-for-4 and hitting for the cycle. His home run over the right-center field fence in the sixth inning generated controversy. The home run appeared to have tied the game, but the home plate umpire ruled on appeal that one of the on-base Tonganoxie players didn't touch home. Post 41 had one of its runs taken away on the call.
"I really believe had he not made that call we would have went on to win the game," Post 41 coach Pat Bailey said in an e-mail.The momentum in the game had really turned in our favor and the call took it away. My player says he touched home, but unfortunately the call was made."
Wranglers 8,12, Post 41 2,5
Post 41 dropped two games against the Leavenworth Wranglers on Thursday, 8-2 and 12-5.
Mike Rome had a two-run triple in the first game for Tonganoxie. Kevin Stewart went 5-for-5 in the two-game set.
Post 41 will play the Leavenworth Knights on Thursday at Padilla Field in Leavenworth.
Easton Lions 001 00 -- 1
Post 41 450 0x -- 9
Post 41 100 502 -- 8
Easton Lions 702 002 -- 11
LV Wranglers 110 114 -- 8
Post 41 200 000 -- 2
Post 41 00500 -- 5
LVWranglers 054 02 -- 12