Archive for Friday, April 16, 2010

Chieftains softball swept at home

April 16, 2010

The Tonganoxie High softball team suffered its first home sweep of the season Thursday at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Previously 3-1 at home, the Chieftains lost both games of a doubleheader to Mill Valley, falling 5-0 and 6-1.

In the first game, THS starting pitcher Nikki Pennington threw 5 and 1/3 innings and allowed only three runs.

“She pitched very well,” said Tonganoxie coach Lee Matzeder, “we just didn't give her any run support.”

The leading hitters for the Chieftains (3-5) in the 5-0 loss were Brooklyn Kerbaugh (2-for-2), McKenzie Knight (1-for-3 with a triple) and Tiffany Jacobs (1-for-3).

Tiffany Jacobs threw all seven innings of the 6-1 loss and only allowed four earned runs.

Again, hits were an issue. The only THS run came on an inside-the-park home run by Kaitlyn Wolken and the team totaled just four hits. Makayla Leslie went 2-for-3 and Brooklyn Kerbaugh was 1-for-3.

Matzeder noted that his pitchers are doing what he has asked them to — throw strikes. He was happy that they only walked three MVHS batters in 14 innings of work.

THS travels to Turner, in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.

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