Post 41 off to 2-3 start
Five games into its season, the Post 41 baseball team is 2-3.
Tonganoxie defeated the Leavenworth Knights, 10-0, on Monday to pick up its second win.
Pitcher Mark Stewart threw a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out six.
Kyle Newton drove in two runs in the bottom of the first to get Post 41 on the scoreboard.
Later, in the third, Tonganoxie added five more runs. Stewart knocked in a run, as did Newton, AJ Gilbert and Brett Bailes. Tucker Hollingsworth also scored.
Tonganoxie opened the 2009 season on June 8 against the Easton Outlaws, the defending league champs, and got swept. Although Tonganoxie lost the second game 16-1, the first part of the twinbill, a 10-4 setback, was more competitive.
Bailes started on the mound for Post 41 in the first game and coach Pat Bailey said he threw well. Easton scored two runs in the first and none in the second before the game took a turn in the third, when the Outlaws plated seven runs, many of which were unearned. Bailey thought the Post 41 defense was capable of more but overwhelmed somewhat by Easton’s size and hitting ability.
“We had one of those innings where we did not make plays,” Bailey said. “We dropped a few balls and had a couple of throwing errors and Easton took advantage of our mistakes.”
Tonganoxie got on the board in the third, when Stewart reached base with a walk and later scored on a double from Bailes.
In the fourth inning, Hollingsworth, Newton and Corey Klinkenburg each singled and scored a run.
The 15-run, three-inning loss that followed, Bailey said, taught some valuable lessons to the team’s young pitchers.
“We've a few bugs to work out but I am confident these guys will rise to the challenge as the season continues,” the coach said.
Next, Tonganoxie played Geiger on Saturday. Post 41 lost the first game, 13-6, before picking up its first win of the season with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.
Jeremy Wagner pitched six solid innings, giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out six to earn the victory.
Bailey called it the best defensive game of the young season and said he expected many more such outings to come.
Post 41 recovered from an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the first. Bailes scored on a single by Wagner, Stewart drove in Klinkenburg, Hollingsworth scored Wagner with a single and Ryan Stockman plated Stewart.
Bailey said he expects much from his team this season.
“We have a nice mix of older and younger players whom I think will begin to gel as the season progresses,” he said.
Tonganoxie will play host to Piper at 6 p.m. Thursday.