Tonganoxie runs few and far between at Piper
Kansas City, Kan. Entering Monday's doubleheader at Piper, Tonganoxie High's baseball team had outscored its opponents 33-15 in its first five games. But the Chieftains good fortunes ended against the Pirates, who swept the doubleheader with a 13-3 win in game one and a 15-0, three-inning victory in the second contest.
THS (3-4) scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning of the first game, but even that output only got the score to 8-3 in favor of the home Pirates.
Grant Ebbert led the Chieftains with two hits and he scored a run for THS in the 13-3 setback. Todd Brown, Keith Wentz-Hall, Tyler Lupton and Brandon Yoder were the other Chieftains to record hits for Tonganoxie. Hall, Lupton and Blaize Oelschlaeger batted in the three THS runs. Both Lupton and Logan Forbis scored a run.
The Pirates scored 13 runs on 12 hits in their first victory as THS pitchers Erick Lowe and Oelschlaeger struggled against the Piper lineup, which during the doubleheader scored almost twice as many runs (28) as Chieftains opponents (15) entering the contest.
The second game was even more one-sided and was over in a hurry. The Pirates scored nine in the first inning and added six in the third to secure the victory against the Chieftains' starting pitcher Yoder. The Chieftains, meanwhile, went down in order in all three plate appearances of the second loss.
THS will play host to Mill Valley on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
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