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League champs: Tonganoxie High baseball clinches Frontier title with victory against Ottawa, has No. 2 regional seed for now

Tonganoxie High baseball coach Mitch Loomis chats with his team as THS assistant coaches look on Monday evening after THS’ season opener against Lansing at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Lansing erased a first-inning 1-0 deficit and went on to win, 3-1, in the non-conference game.

Tonganoxie High baseball coach Mitch Loomis chats with his team as THS assistant coaches look on Monday evening after THS’ season opener against Lansing at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Lansing erased a first-inning 1-0 deficit and went on to win, 3-1, in the non-conference game.

May 6, 2022

Tonganoxie High baseball now has a Frontier League title.

THS defeated Ottawa, 3-0, this past week on the road, guaranteeing the Chieftains at least a share of a league title. The victory moved THS to 7-0 in Frontier League play, while the Cyclones fell to 6-1 in conference play.

Tonganoxie's achievement marked the program's first league title in nearly 30 years. THS coach Mitch Loomis has been researching the program's history and it's thought that the last conference title came in the mid 1990s when THS was a member of the Kaw Valley. Members of that former league mostly now are in either the Frontier League or the United Kansas Conference.

Now 13-3 on the season, Tonganoxie has a doubleheader at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday against Turner (3-12) and a single game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Atchison (13-3).

Tonganoxie was supposed to play its final league game this past Thursday at Spring Hill, but that game was a wash due to inclement weather. The contest won't be rescheduled.

Tonganoxie currently is the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A East Bracket and likely will host one of four east regionals May 16-19.

Rock Creek is the No. 1 seed at 12-1, while Iola is No. 3 and Atchison No. 4 with 13-3 records like Tonganoxie. Tiebreakers have them in their current order.

If the postseason were to start today, THS would be one of four regional hosts. The Tonganoxie regional would be No. 2 Tonganoxie vs. No. 15 Parsons (6-9) and No. 7 Paola (9-7) vs. No. 10 Independence (8-7), with the winners to advance to the regional championship.

TONGANOXIE 3, OTTAWA 0

Tonganoxie 001 020 0 — 3 6 1

Ottawa High 000 000 0 — 0 5 0

THS offensive highlights: M. Khanthaboury, 1-for-2, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 runs; L. Wake, 2-for-4, 1 RBI; S. Kleidosty, 2-for-3; T. McGraw, 1-for-2, 1 run, 1 RBI.

THS pitching: O. Welsh, 7 IP, 0 runs, 5 hits, 5 K, 1 BB.

SEASON SCHEDULE/RESULTS

March 28 LANSING, L, 3-1 (0-0, 0-1)

April 5 PIPER, W, 7-1 (1-0, 1-1)

&April 7 vs. Fort Scott, W, 6-2 (1-0, 2-1)

&April 8 vs. Ottawa, L, 12-4 (1-0, 2-2)

&April 9 vs. Pittsburg, W, 9-8 (1-0, 3-2)

April 12 PAOLA, W, 5-1 (2-0, 4-2)

April 14 LOUISBURG, W, 5-4 (3-0, 5-2)

April 15 at Basehor-Linwood, W, 3-2 (3-0, 6-2)

April 18 at Royal Valley, W, 16-7 (3-0, 7-2)

April 19 at Bonner, W, 10-1 (4-0, 8-2)

April 22 at Eudora, W, 1-0 (5-0, 9-2)

April 26 BALDWIN, W, 4-1, (6-0, 10-2)

*April 28 vs. Basehor-Linwood, L, 7-3 (6-0, 10-3)

*April 28 vs. Bonner Springs, W, 11-0 (6-0, 11-3)

$April 29 vs. Piper, W, 5-4 (6-0, 12-3)

May 3 at Ottawa, W, 3-0 (7-0, 13-3)

May 9 TURNER (DH)

May 11 at Atchison

May 16-19 Regionals TBD

&-at Adam Laroche Varsity Baseball Tournament, Fort Scott

*-at Butch Foster Memorial Tournament, Creekside Baseball Park, Parkville, Mo.

$-at Butch Foster Memorial Tournament, Legends Field, Kansas City, Kan.

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