4-run 6th helps THS softball split with Jags
With some late clutch hitting in the first game of a road doubleheader at Mill Valley on Thursday, the Tonganoxie High softball team was able to split with the Jaguars.
The Chieftains used a four-run sixth to win Game 1, 4-2, before falling, 9-6, in the second game.
THS (3-3) was held hitless through the first five innings of play in the comeback victory. Trailing 2-0, Tiffany Jacobs singled to right field in the top of the sixth for the road team’s first hit of the day.
That was just the start of a quick rally that culminated with a three-run home run by senior Kaitlyn Wolken that proved to be the game-winning hit.
Marrissa Martin served as a courtesy runner for Jacobs, the starting pitcher, and got to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Caly Ingle-Maxwell.
Maggie Gripka singled to left to put runners on the corners for Tonganoxie and after Kailan Kuzmic grounded out, Haley Smith drove in Martin with a single to left.
Trailing 2-1 with two runners on and two out, Wolken nailed a three-run shot over the left field fence to put the Chieftains ahead.
Jacobs threw all seven innings for THS in the victory and scattered seven hits, allowed two runs, walked four batters and struck out three.
A six-run first inning by Mill Valley in Game 2 was too much for Tonganoxie to overcome.
On the night, Smith went 3-for-7 at the plate with three singles.
Gripka finished 3-for-5 and scored twice.
Wolken drove in four and had two extra-base hits on the way to a 2-for-7 night.
Amanda Holroyd also went 2-for-7 in the twinbill and hit a home run in the second game.
At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tonganoxie has a road doubleheader at Turner, in Kansas City, Kan.