Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tonganoxie softball rolls past Bishop Ward

March 30, 2016

Some lightning and torrential rain couldn’t dampen the Tonganoxie High softball team’s 2016 debut last week.

THS swept Bishop Ward, 18-1 and 19-0, but had to wait out some rough weather during the second game. Already with a commanding lead, teams and fans took shelter. After the delay THS added enough runs to institute the mercy rule and the Chieftains improved to 2-0 on the season.

Chieftain coach Stephanie Wittman said THS swept an improved Ward team from a year ago.

THS had just a 3-1 lead after two innings and a 5-1 lead after three innings. The game was within reach at that time, but a 13-run fourth inning put the game away.

Asked about how the rain delay affected the team, Wittman said her team responded well after the break. It was a good situation to experience, Wittman said, noting that it’s springtime and her team should expect more potential rain delays.

Mackenzie Sample, led the team in the first game with 4 RBI, while Taylor Lee and Audrey Miller each had 2 RBI. Miller also registered 2 walks.

Reagan Bennett and Sample each led the team with 3 hits, with Delaney Fenoglio connecting for 2 hits. Miller and Lee each had a double, Fenoglio had a triple and a homerun. Sample had 3 homers in the game.

Fenoglio also went 3 innings on the mound, recording two strikeouts. Lizzy Mills pitched the final inning and also recorded a strikeout.

THS finished the game with 18 runs on 15 hits and no errors. Ward scored a run on 3 hits and 2 errors.

In the second game, Tonganoxie picked up where it left off in the first game.

The Chieftains had another 13-run inning in the first inning. The rain came in the second inning, but THS eventually scored 6 more runs and won, 19-0, in three innings.

Torrissa Hootman, Howard and Miller led the team with 3 RBI each. Sample had 3 walks and Halley Calovich 2.

Miller led the team in the game with 3 hits, while Howard and Sierra Graham each connected for 2 hits. Howard also had a homer in the game.

Howard pitched 2 innings, striking out 2. Fenoglio pitched an inning and struck out one Cyclone.

Tonganoxie played Tuesday at Perry-Lecompton after The Mirror’s print deadline. For more about the games, go to or follow us at @tonganoxie on Twitter and on The Mirror’s Facebook page.

The Chieftains have a bit of a hiatus after Tuesday’s doubleheader. The team doesn’t return to action with an April 12 doublheader against Bonner Springs. The first game starts at 4 p.m. at ht eLeavenworth County Fairgrounds.


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