May 25, 2022
The Tonganoxie High baseball team celebrates after winning a Class 4A regional championship May 17, 2022, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, THS defeated Holton, 10-0, in the in the regional semifinals and then knocked off defending state champion Bishop Miege, 6-4, in the regional finals.
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Abilene made quite the splash early on Thursday in the Cowboys’ first trip to the state baseball tournament. With two on base, AHS senior pitcher Sam Burton sent a Mason Davenport pitch over the wall in straightaway center at Dean Evans Stadium in the top of the first inning and Abilene quickly had a 3-0 lead against Tonganoxie.
Midway through the Bishop Miege half of the second inning of a Class 4A regional baseball championship last week, my mind started to wander. I’ve had many an “opportunity” to cover Tonganoxie vs. Bishop Miege in pretty much every postseason in recent years. THS football, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and volleyball all have drawn the Stags in the postseason, sometimes on multiple occasions. It stands to reason geographically with Bishop Miege just down the road in suburban Kansas City.
The Tonganoxie High baseball team will be departing this afternoon for the state tournament, which starts tomorrow. The community can send off the team at 4:30 p.m. The bus will head south down Main Street to Fourth Street and then head west through the downtown area. THS is the No. 2 seed in the state tournament at 18-3 and will play No. 7 Abilene (13-8) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina.