Post 41 improves win streak to 6 games
With a home sweep of Geiger on Monday night, the Post 41 baseball team improved its win streak to six games.
Tonganoxie won the first game, 6-3, and followed that with a 3-2 victory.
Post 41 never trailed the entire evening. In the first game, Tonganoxie took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brett Bailes led off with a hit and stole second base. Then Corey Klinkenburg walked and the two baserunners pulled off a double steal. Both of them later scored on sacrifices, first from Blaize Oelschlaeger, then from AJ Gilbert.
Tonganoxie improved its lead to 3-0 in the second, when Jacob Stauch doubled to score Tucker Hollingsworth.
After Geiger got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth, Post 41 (6-3) responded with two of its own in the bottom of the inning. Hollingsworth scored on a Dallas Keller single and Stauch later drove in Keller.
Gilbert started on the mound and pitched four of six innings before Oelschlaeger entered in relief. Oelschlaeger struck out four in two innings, fanning the side in the sixth.
Following two impressive innings of relief, Oelschlaeger started the second game and went the distance, striking out 10 Geiger batters in seven innings — a performance Post 41 coach Pat Bailey called “gutsy” on the hot, muggy night.
Tonganoxie scored three runs in the first two innings and that was all it needed with Oelschlaeger throwing.
Bailes doubled in the first before stealing third. Oelschlaeger then was hit by a pitch and stole second. A Hollingsworth sacrifice fly advanced both runners, plating Bailes. Oelschlaeger stole home, which gave Post 41 a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Jeremy Wagner singled and later scored on a Klinkenburg sacrifice.
Considering his team started the season 0-3, Bailey has been impressed with the team’s six-game winning streak.
“These guys are playing extremely good baseball. They are staying focused and getting the job done,” Bailey said.
“We are doing a good job of making routine plays on defense as well as making some outstanding, not-so-routine plays. Very exciting to watch.”
Post 41 travels Friday to Lansing to play the Lansing Cubs. On Saturday, Tonganoxie is at home for a 6 p.m. doubleheader with the Lansing Reds.