Mill Valley proves to be too much for THS baseball
The Tonganoxie High baseball team looked primed to get a victory against Kaw Valley League powerhouse Mill Valley on Thursday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
THS fell in the opening game, 11-2, but started to get things going late in that game, which seemed to carry over into game 2.
The Chieftains scored two runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning in the first game, and then kept it going with two runs in the first inning of the second game.
Tonganoxie continued to get out of jams a few times after that first inning, but continued to keep the Jaguars in check. The team also had some opportunities to add some insurance runs in the middle innings, but couldn’t quite get runners around to score.
THS still had the 2-0 lead going into the top of the fifth, but the Jaguars finally were able to break through and managed three runs.
Mill Valley broke open the flood gates in the top of the seventh with five more runs and though THS rallied for one run in the bottom of the seventh, it wasn’t enough as the Chieftains fell, 8-3.
The losses dropped THS to 3-6 and snapped the squad’s three-game winning streak.
“I thought we competed well,” said THS coach Mitch Loomis. “I didn’t think we executed well, but we competed good.”
THS certainly put up a fight against one of the top teams in the state.
Mill Valley improved to 10-0 on the year. Mill Valley is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A.
“Our kids showed we can play with anybody when we do the little things right,” Loomis said.
Tonganoxie is pushing ahead despite sizable injuries.
Logan Woods is out the rest of the season with a knee injury, while standout pitcher Justin Wagner suffered an elbow injury in a recent game and also out the rest of the year. The injury will require Tommy John surgery.
THS was back on the field Tuesday with a single home game against Basehor-Linwood. The squad again is at home at 4 p.m. Thursday against Turner.
Look for more on these games at www.tonganoxiemirror.com.
CHIEFTAINS SWEEP BONNER SPRINGS
Tonganoxie registered a big sweep April 14 against Bonner Springs on the road.
THS defeated BSHS, 10-0 and 3-1 to push their win streak to three.
THS got on the board with a run in the first and didnt’ look back. A seven-run third inning was the difference for THS, as it pushed the lead to 8-0.
The Chieftains scored two more in the fifth, putting the mercy rule into effect that inning.
In the second game, BSHS jumped out to a 1-0 lead after an inning, but timely hitting helped THS rally with runs in the second, fourth nad seventh innings.
THS DROPS LANSING
THS defeated Lansing, 5-1, on April 9.
Tyler Novotney had a big performance on the mound. He threw a complete game and gave up just one run.
The Chieftains put together a four-run third inning on their way to the victory.
Connor Wentz-Hall sparked Tonganoxie’s scoring with a 2 RBI double.
Tonganoxie High coach Mitch Loomis said the Chieftains played just one game because of the number of injuries the Chieftains had.
A second game will be played May 4 on the road in Lansing.