Tonganoxie baseball opens season with ‘W’
It was gray, chilly and dreary Thursday afternoon at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, but the Tonganoxie High baseball team didn't let the less-than-ideal March baseball conditions get in the way of a win in its season opener.
The Chieftains defeated Bonner Springs, 2-1, in a quick-moving hour and a half game.
THS (1-0) and Bonner Springs combined for just seven hits in the contest and neither team got on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Chieftains scored both of their runs.
Tonganoxie's Brandon Yoder opened the inning by hustling out an infield single and advanced to second on a passed ball when Tyler Lupton was batting. Lupton then perfectly placed a bunt, which died in the thick infield grass, down the third base line, giving the Chieftains runners on the corners.
Sheldon Barton came in to run for Lupton and stole second base uncontested with Yoder on third. With two runners in scoring position, Keith Wentz-Hall struck out, but Todd Brown ripped a line drive to right field that was misplayed by the Braves outfielder, giving the Chieftains their pair of runs.
The Braves answered with a run in the top of the sixth to make things tight, but starting pitcher Logan Forbis retired the side in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
Forbis threw a complete game and struck out seven batters in the first game of his senior campaign.
The Chieftains are right back on the diamond Friday afternoon when they host Perry-Lecompton at 4:30 p.m.