Post 41 opens tourney with win
Tonganoxie recovered from a two-run deficit to win its postseason opener, 8-6, over Geiger on Saturday night at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
Post 41 trailed, 5-3, in the third inning of its first game in the Post 23 League tournament but Tonganoxie tied the game in the bottom of the third and took the lead for good in the fourth, when Mark Stewart scored on a single from Kyle Newton that gave the home team a 6-5 lead.
Two runs in the sixth provided Tonganoxie (16-8) with some breathing room. Newton was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on a Blaize Oelschlaeger single to left. Corey Klinkenburg, who walked in the sixth, scored on a groundout off the bat of Jeremy Wagner.
Oelschlaeger entered in relief of starter Brett Bailes in the top of the third with no outs and two runners in scoring position. He threw four innings and allowed no earned runs, striking out eight in the process.
Trailing, 5-3, in the third, Post 41’s Grant Ebbert scored on a Tucker Hollingsworth groundout. Wagner tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch.
Each of Tonganoxie’s first three batters in the ballgame scored. Bailes led off the bottom of the first with an infield single, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Klinkenburg drew a walk, Bailes beat a throw home on a fielder’s choice when Oelschlaeger was at bat. Klinkenburg later scored on a wild pitch and Oelschlaeger came home on a sacrifice fly from Wagner.
Ebbert went 2-for-2 at the plate. Stewart and Jacob Stauch were each 2-for-3.
Post 41 continues league tournament play on Sunday at Leavenworth.