Tonganoxie Post 41 head baseball coach Pat Bailey has had an interesting last few weeks.

Tonganoxie Post 41 head baseball coach Pat Bailey has had an interesting last few weeks.
After having a kidney removed two weeks ago, Bailey was back on the sidelines helping Tonganoxie to their first trip to the Kansas AAA American Legion baseball tournament, which kicks off today at JayCee Ballpark.
“I have some good assistants,” Bailey said. “Call me stupid, but I was back a week later.”
Post 41 (20-10) will have a familiar foe when they play at 11 a.m. today as they take on the Atchison Senior A’s (9-16). The two teams played for the zone championship because Atchison’s zone was canceled due to a lack of teams.
Atchison won the matchup, 14-4 but both teams qualified for the state tournament.
“It is really strange,” said Atchison head coach David Hager. “Even being close to Tonganoxie, we play a lot of teams that are up north and the zone tournament is where we really see them but, now we will play them three games in a row.”
Both teams are experiencing a youth movement as Atchison has no college-aged players on their roster.
Tonganoxie has just three players that were college freshmen last year.
“It is a concern,” Hager said. “I know that most of the teams will be made up of guys that have played in college.”
While being young, Bailey said that could be used as an advantage.
“Our attitude is that no one really expects us to win so we will just give it our best shot,” Bailey said. “We are a better team than we were last year.”
But, like any team with youth, there are ups and downs.
“We have a lot of heart and we never say die,” Bailey said. “Our pitching is good and our defense will sometimes look good and other times have a bad inning.”
And, Bailey said that Post 41 is still looking for a rematch with Atchison, especially at the state level.
“They did not see the best of us though,” Bailey said. “I think the boys are confident to get another shot at them.”

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