Post 41 snaps losing skid
Zone series begins Thursday at Piper
The Post 41 baseball team busted out of its slump with a pair of home wins in what proved to be the team’s regular-season finale July 13 against the Lansing Cubs. A five-game losing streak for Tonganoxie’s American Legion team came to a halt with victories of 11-1 and 8-5 at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
After Tonganoxie scored just once in the first inning of the first game, things got out of hand for the Cubs in the second inning, when Post 41 (8-9) crossed the plate eight times. Amos White’s two-run single was the big play of the inning as most of Tonganoxie’s runs were the result of Cubs mistakes.
Jake Stauch pitched all four innings of the 10-run victory and didn’t allow a hit while striking out four. All of Lansing’s base runners — including the one that scored — reached via walk or error.
The second game of the doubleheader was more competitive but Tonganoxie got plenty of separation early with a six-run first inning that began with Post 41’s first three batters being walked. Stauch keyed the early production with a three-run triple.
Dallas Keller nearly threw a complete game in the three-run victory. He pitched six and a third innings, fanned two batters and only walked one before AJ Gilbert entered in relief in the seventh. Gilbert faced just three Lansing hitters but struck out two of them.
Leading Post 41’s offense in the second win was Jon Harris, who was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Corey Klinkenberg went 2-for-2 and scored twice. Keller drove in a run with a sac fly.
Prior to the sweep, Post 41 hadn’t won since June 25.
Because the team played better and has added a couple of players — Brett Bailes and Jeremy Wagner — who weren’t with the team earlier in the season, coach Pat Bailey said he thinks his team has a chance to carry some winning momentum into the upcoming postseason.
Tonganoxie was scheduled to close its regular season on Friday with a twinbill against Geiger (a team it swept earlier this season) in Leavenworth but it was rained out and won’t be rescheduled.
That means the postseason is next on the docket. With just two teams in its zone, Post 41 will play a best-of-three series with Piper and the winner advances to the state tournament. The series begins with two games Thursday at 5 p.m. and a third (if necessary) on Friday at 5 p.m., with all games being played in Kansas City, Kan.