THS softball gets 1 win in high-scoring twinbill
The doubleheader took 16 innings, lasted longer than four hours and a total of 53 runs crossed the plate, but Tonganoxie High’s softball team got out of Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday with a split against Turner.
After suffering a 10-9, eight-inning loss in Game 1, the Chieftains survived an 18-16 slug fest in Game 2 that also went eight innings.
Though seven Tonganoxie batters had at least three hits in the twinbill, a couple of key defensive plays late in the second game helped the visitors pick up a win and improve to 4-4 on the season.
First baseman Kailan Kuzmic, backing up while tracking a foul pop-up in the bottom of the seventh inning, made a key out with a grab up against the fence.
In the same inning, center fielder Moran Oroke made a diving grab on a blooper and was able to keep the would-be hit in her glove with a snow cone catch.
“That was huge,” Tonganoxie coach Lee Matzeder said of the defensive gems.
Oroke made her presence felt at the plate, too, leading the Chieftains with a 6-for-9 night that included a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs.
Makayla Leslie came through with some timely hits against Turner. Leslie went 4-for-8 with four singles, drove in five runs and scored three times.
Kaitlyn Wolken also finished with five RBI on the night and three of those came on a Game 1 home run that hit the center-field scoreboard and put the Chieftains ahead, 3-2, in the third inning. Wolken also doubled and scored five runs while going 4-for-10.
Amanda Holroyd finished 4-for-10, as well, with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.
Lainey Walker knocked in three runs, hit a double and went 3-for-5.
Kuzmic finished 3-for-6, drove in a run and scored twice.
Tiffany Jacobs, who was the losing pitcher in Game 1 and the winning pitcher (in relief) in Game 2, Matzeder said, shouldn’t feel too bad about how many runs Turner scored in the doubleheader.
“Turner can hit. They are a good offensive team,” the coach said. “It didn’t matter what we were doing. Both of our pitchers (Oroke started Game 2) were throwing strikes.”
Jacobs contributed at the plate, too, going 3-for-10 with three RBI. Jacobs hit a two-run homer in the first inning of Game 2 to give the Chieftains an early 3-0 lead.
Tonganoxie will have plenty of time to recover from its long night at Turner. The Chieftains’ next game isn’t until 4:30 p.m. on April 21 at Piper, in Kansas City, Kan.