Tonganoxie softball uses walk-off homer, rout to sweep Bonner Springs
THS baseball drops games to Mill Valley after BSHS sweep
An exciting finish in the first game gave way to a rout in the second game for the Tonganoxie High softball team.
The Chieftains were home to Bonner Springs on April 12 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and in the middle of nail-biter.
THS had built a 7-3 lead, but BSHS added two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
The game was knotted, 7-7, heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Audrey Miller, though, answered for the Chieftains with a homer over the centerfield fence. The dinger helped THS to an 8-7 victory.
In the second game, THS bats continued to be dominant.
The Chieftains opened with seven runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third. The 15-0 advantage held up in the top half of the third inning and THS won the mercy rule-shortened game. The victories improved THS to 5-1 on the season. The next doubleheader was Tuesday at Lansing in games that took place after The Mirror’s print deadline.
Halley Calovich had two doubles in the game, while Torrissa Hootman and Miller each had a double.
Maria Howard added a triple in the game, while Howard and Regan Bennett each had 2 RBI for the Chieftains. Calovich and Miller each had an RBI.
In the second game, THS had 16 hits, including three from Calovich and another three from Miller. Calovich also led the team with 4 RBI in the game.
Sierra Graham had two doubles, while Taylor Lee and Hootman each had a double.
Miller also added a triple in the second-game rout. Mackenzie Sample and Miller each recorded two stolen bases, while Hootman had another.
Baseball falls to MVHS
The Tonganoxie High baseball team helped complete a clean sweep of Bonner Springs on April 12, as the Chieftains defeated the visitors, 2-1 and 7-1.
Dante Nelson limited the BSHS to one run on nine hits while striking out four. Billy Kelley knocked in both of Tonganoxie’s runs, one in the first and one in the third, as THS held on for the victory.
In the second game, Bonner Springs got on the board in the first and held a 1-0 lead for 4 1/2 innings.
But the Chieftains answered with four in the fifth and another three in the sixth on their way to a 7-1 victory.
Dominick Novotney registered three strikeouts against Bonner Springs, while Nelson had 3 RBI. Novotney also had 2 RBI. Coy Howard had three hits against the Braves in the second game.
The victories put THS at .500 with a 4-4 record, but Mill Valley then swept THS last week, 7-1, and 5-2.
A five-run fourth broke open an otherwise close game in Shawnee in the first game, which was tied, 1-1, heading into the fourth.
Tonganoxie jumped out to an early lead in the second game, 1-0, in the first, but the Jaguars answered with two of their own in the second. It was 4-1 heading into the sixth when THS added another run, but Mill Valley tempered Tonganoxie’s rally efforts when the Jaguars answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth and held on for the 5-2 victory.
THS played at home Tuesday after The Mirror’s deadline against Basehor-Linwood. The Chieftains play again Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., against Turner and then back home next Tuesday against Piper.