K-7 baseball enters week with 9-3 record
The Tonganoxie K-7 baseball team welcomed Shawnee-Midland Academy to town last week with a potential league championship on the line. The teams went blow-for-blow for most of the nine-inning game, but when it was all said and done, Midland left town with a league title all but locked up.
Tonganoxie (9-3) rallied from two-run deficits on two separate occasions, but couldn’t answer a third time in a 6-4 loss on July 3 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
“It was a good baseball game, but we kind of hit a lull in the middle of the game,” coach Mitch Loomis said. “We were waiting on a break instead of staying with what we’d been doing all year, but overall, we played a good game against a good team.”
Midland (11-2) struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the third, but Tonganoxie answered with two of its own in the bottom of the frame. Both teams scored two runs in the sixth, but Midland sealed it with two more in the eighth.
The game wrapped up the three-game season series between the two teams, which Midland won, 2-1. The victory also gave Midland a 1.5-game lead over Tonganoxie in the league standings.
Tonganoxie, which also earned a two-game sweep last week at Lansing, will open this week with a nine-inning game at 5 p.m. today against Eudora at home. The teams were supposed to play June 18 at Eudora, but the game was postponed because of inclement weather. Tonganoxie will wrap up its regular season slate at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a single game against Turner at home.
“We’ve just been preaching consistency and we’re trying to reiterate that the game doesn’t change based on situations,” Loomis said. “We’ll approach this week like we’ve approached every other game, and we’ll try to get the kids to keep buying in.”
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