Tonganoxie softball swept at Perry
Inconsistency in some key facets of the game led the Tonganoxie High softball team to drop a pair of games at Perry-Lecompton on Thursday.
The Chieftains lost 6-1 in the first game and 9-4 in the nightcap.
After the losses, THS coach Lee Matzeder told his players they need to be more sound in all three phases of the game — hitting, defense and pitching.
Although Tiffany Jacobs pitched well in the first loss (complete game, six hits allowed, three earned runs), there wasn’t enough run support. In the second setback, Tonganoxie (5-7) had 12 hits but gave up 11 hits and nine runs to the Kaws. The hitting, defense and pitching never all clicked at once.
“We have to do well in all three to be successful and tonight we didn't do it,” Matzeder said.
The coach also was troubled by his team’s total of just four runs in the second game.
“Twelve hits is great, but only scoring four runs on those hits is not,” Matzeder said. “We had the bases loaded twice, both times with one out and only scored one run total.”
The Chieftains plated their first run in the top of the second inning. Kailan Kuzmic, who was 2-for-3 in the game, singled and later scored on a single to center field from Brooklyn Kerbaugh, who went 2-for-4 in the second game.
The visitors scored a pair of runs in the fourth, when Lindsey Fatherley singled and Angela Jacobs, who was 2-for-3 in the game, followed it up with a double.
Nikki Pennington drove Fatherley in with a groundout and Jacobs scored on a sacrifice fly off Amanda Holroyd’s bat.
THS got its final run in the last inning. Kerbaugh, Kaitlyn Wolken and Fatherley all singled to load the bases in the top of the seventh and Kerbaugh scored on Angela Jacobs’ sacrifice fly.
Pennington threw six innings in the loss. She gave up 11 hits, seven earned runs and struck out three PLHS batters.
Tonganoxie didn’t score in its 6-1 loss until the top of the seventh, when Fatherley hit her third home run of the season.
The senior was the leading offensive producer for the Chieftains in the twinbill. She finished 4-for-7 and scored twice.
Wolken went 3-for-7 on the day and Haley Smith singled in each of the games.
Tonganoxie was scheduled to play host to Santa Fe Trail on Friday, but that game was postponed due to wet field conditions. It has been moved to Monday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m.
The Chieftains will travel Monday to Bonner Springs for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.