Post 41 victorious in tourney opener
Post 41 recovered quite nicely from a rough weekend on Tuesday night at home by defeating the Leavenworth Knights in its league tournament opener, 6-2.
After two big setbacks to Lawrence and Atchison at the Kansas American Legion Baseball 2008 Zone 2 Tournament this past weekend, Tonganoxie looked much better at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds a few days later.
Brett Bailes started on the mound for Post 41 and was nearly flawless in 5 1/3 innings. His only mistakes came in the fourth inning when he walked the Knights' leadoff hitter and the next Leavenworth batter hit a home run.
Bailes, who last week strained a muscle and was playing at roughly 80 percent, looked to be fully recovered and struck out six batters for Tonganoxie in its Post 23 American Legion League Tournament opener.
Erick Lowe entered in relief in the sixth inning and finished the Knights off to seal the victory.
The Post 41 offense looked much better on Tuesday against Leavenworth. Corey Klinkenburg went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and a single and scored a run. Pat Gallagher was 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored another.
Grant Ebbert had a big single in the fifth inning that drove in two runs for Tonganoxie.
Jon Harris was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run and James Bailey went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.
With the victory in the first round of the double-elimination tourney, Tonganoxie was originally scheduled to play the winner of a game between the Leavenworth Wranglers and the Lansing Cubs on Wednesday evening. But that game was rained out Tuesday and Wednesday.
Post 41 will now play the winner of that game on Friday at 7 p.m. at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.