Post 41 gets in win column
After beginning its season with four straight losses, Tonganoxie’s Post 41 American Legion baseball team finally got in the win column — twice — on Friday.
Tonganoxie swept the Leavenworth Knights at home, with victories of 5-2 and 12-5.
AJ Gilbert threw all seven innings for Tonganoxie (2-4) in the team’s first win of the season, allowing no earned runs while striking out nine and walking four. Post 41 had a pair of errors in the top of the first inning that led to Leavenworth’s only two runs. Tonganoxie coach Pat Bailey said the team played much better defense for the remainder of the game.
The Knights held a 2-0 advantage at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds through three and a half innings before Tonganoxie tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with two runs. Post 41 later added three more in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.
Dylan Fosdick went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored a run. Dallas Keller also went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Post 41 didn’t have to come from behind in the second game after taking a 3-0 lead in the first and expanding that to 6-0 in the second.
The seven-run victory featured plenty of offensive production. Leading the way was Corey Klinkenberg, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored. Mark Murphy was 2-for-2 and scored twice. Gilbert went 2-for-3 and although Austin Harkrader was hitless, he had three walks and scored every time he reached base.
Keller threw all six innings for Post 41 and struck out four Leavenworth batters while walking three.
Bailey was impressed with Tonganoxie’s first victories of the season.
“These guys are starting to believe in themselves and are starting to play like a team,” the coach said. “We got into a little bit of a jam in the fourth and fifth innings (of the second game, when Leavenworth scored all of its runs) but they were able to work their way out.”
Post 41 has two home doubleheaders this week at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Tonganoxie plays host to the Diamond Jaxx on Tuesday and Geiger on Friday. Both twinbills start at 6 p.m.