THS softball sweeps Turner to end skid
The Tonganoxie High softball team ended a six-game losing streak Monday with a sweep of Kaw Valley League opponent Turner, winning by scores of 15-3 and 8-3.
The Chieftains (4-6, 4-6 KVL), who hadn’t tasted victory since their season opener against Bishop Ward on March 27, scored seven runs in the first three innings of the opener, then exploded for eight in the fifth for a mercy-rule victory.
Marissa Martin, Caly Ingle-Maxwell and Lainy Walker had three hits each, while Halley Calovich, Chelby Abney and Bree Cash had two hits piece. Ingle-Maxwell drove in a team-high four runs and Abney added three.
Taylor Lee pitched three innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out two. Morgan Oroke allowed one more in two innings of relief while striking out four.
After scoring just one run in the first two innings, coach Stephanie Wittman’s squad used a four-run third to take control of the nightcap. The Chieftains added one more in the sixth and two in the seventh to cap off their second sweep of the year.
Calovich went 3-for-5 in the win, while Ingle-Maxwell, Lee, Walker and Oroke each had two hits. Lee drove in four runs, while Oroke and Abney had one RBI each. Oroke got the win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just one run while striking out five in six innings.
Weather permitting, THS will host Piper for two games at 4 p.m. today at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. The Chieftains were swept in two games last season at PHS, 2-0 and 13-5. They will be back on the diamond Friday at home against Frontier League opponent Spring Hill. They didn’t face the Broncos last season.