Baseball sweeps Tongie
Lions wrap up top seed for next week’s regional tournament
Tonganoxie Lansing High's baseball team entered its Monday afternoon twinbill at Tonganoxie with one goal in mind - lock up the No. 1 seed for Tuesday's Class 5A regional.
The Lions did just that as they swept Tongie, 4-2 and 21-7, and improved to 15-5 on the season.
The bats were so sharp Monday that LHS coach Terry Stueve said his squad has earned a day to practice a different sort of swing - one involving a putter and a golf ball.
"Tomorrow we're going to give the guys the day off and go do a little putt-putt action," Stueve said. "We'll have some fun and then we'll get after it the next three days."
Lansing jumped to an early lead in game one, then withstood a late THS rally as the Chieftains smashed two home runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within a run. The Lions then plated the game-winning run in the top of the seventh for the 4-2 victory.
Game two was equally close for the first three innings before LHS blew the game wide open. Shaky defense hurt the Lions early as Tongie plated three runs in the bottom of the first and and one more in the second. LHS kept it close by scoring three runs in the top of the second when Cody Mohan smashed a three-RBI double.
Mohan's big hit was a precursor to what was to come in the fourth inning. That's when the Lions erupted for seven runs and took complete command of the game. Chris Wagner, Curtis Burgoon, John Tytla and Coleman all ripped one-run singles and Conn Blakley added a two-run single in the inning.
Tongie scored another run in the fifth to pull within 10-5, but LHS added three more runs in the sixth on one-run singles by Mark Stratton, Coleman and Lonnie Hansen. An eight-run seventh ended any hopes Tongie might have had at a comeback.
Offense was limited in game one, but the Lions did plenty to pad their stats in game two. Tytla walked four times and had an RBI. Coleman went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Wagner went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Burgoon was 5-for-6 with three doubles and two RBI. Hansen went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Mohan had four RBI.
The Lions now will wait to find out who they will play first in the regional tournament on Tuesday at LHS.
For more on Lansing High golf, pick up the May 12 edition of The Current.