Tonganoxie baseball off to 2-0 start
Before the season started, Tonganoxie High baseball coach Phil Loomis kept telling his players about the importance of getting off to a good start.
The Chieftains scored six runs in the first two innings on Friday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and cruised to a 9-1 victory, their second in as many days, against visiting Perry-Lecompton.
The Chieftains, now 2-0, have won with pitching. After Logan Forbis pitched THS to a 2-1 win against Bonner Springs on Thursday, senior Erick Lowe threw six innings Friday and the two combined to allow no walks in 13 innings to start the season.
THS scored three runs with two outs in the top of the first to grab the lead. Rob Schlicht hit a grounder through the shortstop's legs to score Jace Waters and Forbis. Designated hitter Grant Ebbert then singled up the middle to drive in Schlicht.
The Chieftains plated three more runs in the second to secure a comfortable 6-0 lead. Brandon Yoder started the inning with a base hit to left and Blaize Oelschlaeger followed with a bunt single. Shelton Barton came in to run for the catcher Oelschlaeger and after Keith Wentz-Hall misplaced a bunt that allowed Perry to get the force out at third, Todd Brown had an infield single to load the bases.
With three runners on, Waters was hit by a pitch to score the fourth run of the game. Forbis then drew a walk to score another run and keep the bases loaded. Schlicht drove in the final run on the inning with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Waters hit an RBI-double down the left field line in the third. Brown had an RBI on a ground out to shortstop in the fifth and the Chieftains scored their final run when Wentz-Hall crossed the plate following an errant Perry throw on a Forbis grounder to short, also in the fifth.