Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2011

Home runs help, hurt Tonganoxie softball

Tonganoxie High softball players wait to greet junior Amanda Holroyd at home plate after her three-run home run in the second game of a Thursday doubleheader against Lansing. The Chieftains split the twinbill at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Following a 6-2 win, THS fell, 18-7, in six innings.

Tonganoxie High softball players wait to greet junior Amanda Holroyd at home plate after her three-run home run in the second game of a Thursday doubleheader against Lansing. The Chieftains split the twinbill at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Following a 6-2 win, THS fell, 18-7, in six innings.

April 28, 2011

Tonganoxie High freshman pitcher Morgan Oroke throws against Lansing in Game 2 of a Thursday doubleheader. THS won Game 1, 6-2, before losing Game 2, 18-7.

Tonganoxie High freshman pitcher Morgan Oroke throws against Lansing in Game 2 of a Thursday doubleheader. THS won Game 1, 6-2, before losing Game 2, 18-7.

The value of the long ball was on display Thursday at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

A couple of shots over the fence helped the Tonganoxie High softball team beat Lansing, 6-2, in the first game of a doubleheader before the Lions hit three bombs in Game 2 and defeated THS, 18-7, in six innings.

All six of the Chieftains’ runs in Game 1 came on just two swings of the bat. Both Amanda Holroyd and Tiffany Jacobs hit three-run home runs to split the home team’s six RBI.

Though Holroyd, a junior third baseman, would hit another three-run homer in the second game, the Lions slugged four-baggers in the first, fourth and sixth innings en route to an 11-run victory.

Lansing’s four-run fourth put the visitors up, 10-4, and they sealed the game with an eight-run sixth.

LHS led 6-0 before Tonganoxie (6-6) scored a run in the second game.

In the bottom of the third inning, Caly Ingle-Maxwell got her team going with a lead-off single. Later, with one out, a Haley Smith single was followed up with an RBI-single to center field off the bat of Kaitlyn Wolken.

The next THS batter, Holroyd, knocked a three-run homer over the left-field wall and the Chieftains cut Lansing’s lead to 6-4.

After LHS responded with a four-run inning in the top of the fourth, Tonganoxie scored three more runs in the bottom of the frame to cut into the Lions’ lead once again.

Ingle-Maxwell reached on a fielder’s choice before THS put together three straight hits. First, Morgan Oroke singled to center field, then Smith drove Ingle-Maxwell home with a double to left. Wolken gave the Chieftains their third straight hit with a two-run double down the left-field line and Tonganoxie trailed, 10-7.

However, THS couldn’t get a hit in the fifth or sixth innings.

Oroke started at pitcher in Game 2 and threw three innings before being relieved by Jacobs, who pitched the final three innings. Jacobs started Game 1 and earned a victory.

With a win and a loss, Tonganoxie split its fourth straight doubleheader.

THS travels for a 4:30 p.m. Friday game at Spring Hill and will be back at home for a 4:30 p.m. Monday make-up date versus Pleasant Ridge.

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