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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 21st
By Mike Smith
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Legion baseball season rolled along on Wednesday with a pair of Northeast Kansas League doubleheaders. The twinbills proved to be drastically different styles of games as Seneca won in routing fashion over Corning earning the sweep 15-1 and 11-0, while Silver Lake won in walk-off fashion both times over Sabetha claiming a 7-6 and 2-1 extra inning (7 innings) win. 

The season continues on Sunday for NEKL teams as Corning will travel to Oskaloosa, Doniphan County will host Silver Lake and Seneca will host Leavenworth all in League doubleheaders. 

Silver Lake Takes Two in Walk-off Fashion Over Sabetha

After a split in a pair of one-run games earlier in the season Wednesday night didn't disappoint when Silver Lake and Sabetha meet up again as they played two more one-run games. This time Silver Lake came from behind each time to win in walk-off fashion 7-6 in game one and then 2-1 in extra innings (seven) in game two. 

Sabetha took early control in game one plating four runs using four consecutive one-out singles in the top of the first inning. Silver Lake chipped at the lead scoring two on two hits and a walk in the third and then adding a run on three walks and a hit in the third making it 4-3. The lead moved back to two-runs in the top of the fifth as Sabetha notched another tally on an RBI double by Seth Burdick, but Silver Lake tied the contest at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth. Josh Dallman led the bottom of the fifth off with a solo home run, while an RBI infield single by Jake Lindstrom scored the tying run. In the bottom of the sixth Silver Lake took their first lead getting a run on a Garret Huske RBI double and led 6-5 entering the top of the seventh. Preston Bruning led the top of the seventh off with a double for Sabetha and reached third on a wild pitch and then tied the game on a RBI sacrifice fly by Joe Gruber to push the game into the bottom of the seventh. A two-out walk drawn by Brady Snook got the winning run aboard in for Silver Lake and after a single another walk was issued with the winning run at third and ball four was a ball that got away from the Sabetha catcher and Snook came home to score the winning run lifting Silver Lake to the 7-6 win. 

In the win Silver Lake out-hit Sabetha 12-6 and was led by Josh Boyd who was 4-4 with two runs scored and a walk earning him McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA. Justin Keller added a 2-4 game, while Dallman was 1-3 with home run, walk and two RBI's. Reid Walker started the game for Silver Lake going six innings giving up six runs on six hits, five walks and three strikeouts, while Lindstrom pitching the final inning. 

Sabetha in the loss had three players on the mound while Bruning led the offense going 2-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Burdick was 1-4 with a double and Gruber was 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. 

Game two saw Sabetha take the initial lead also scoring on a pair of hits in the first inning and the game stayed 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth of a five inning game. Sabetha left opportunities on the bases in the second, third, fourth and fifth stranding two in each half inning while in the bottom of the fifth Silver Lake tied the game on an RBI single by Walker scoring Joey Clark who had a double in the inning and thus forced extra innings. In the bottom of the seventh with two-outs after getting a runner on via a walk Ryan Osterhaus delivered the game winning RBI double for Silver Lake to take game two 2-1 in seven. 

Walker paced Silver Lake at the plate going 2-2 with a double and RBI, while Clark and Osterhaus each were 1-2 with a double. Lindstrom started the contest and pitched six innings giving up just one run on four hits, four walks, a hit batter and struckout nine, while Clark tossed the final inning. In the loss Sabetha had just four hits getting one each from Burdick, Brett Stallbaumer, Blake Frey and Brandon Brownlee, while Stallbaumer tossed a solid game going four and one-third innings as the starter giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts. 

With the pair of wins Silver Lake moves to 9-3 on the season, while Sabetha fell to 15-5 on the year with the losses. 

Seneca Runs Away With A Pair Against Corning

Wednesday night saw Seneca hit the road and head to Corning as the legion baseball season continued and at the end of the night Seneca picked up a pair of victories in routing fashion winning 15-1 and 11-0. 

Seneca got rolling early in game one scoring three runs in the top of the first on four singles and added a run in the second before opening the game wide open in the top of the top of the fourth with 11-runs in the inning. The fourth inning featured two Corning errors, three walks, a hit batter and six Seneca hits highlighted by a two RBI double by Lucas Schraad to score 11 runs. Corning got their lone run in the bottom of the fourth as Kamble Haverkamp led the inning off with a single and Josh Hasenkamp delivered a two-out RBI single but Seneca earned the 15-1 win in four innings. 

Derek Uphaus led Seneca tossing all four innings giving up just one run on two hits and struckout three on just 34 pitches while adding a 2-3 day at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. Schraad went 3-3 with three runs scored and three RBI, while Luke Reitz and Mitchell Henry each chipped in a two-hit day. 

Game two was scoreless after the first inning but Seneca would score in every half inning the rest of the way for the 11-0 win. Two-runs came across in the second, third and fourth innings each for Seneca highlighted by a two-run homer in the second inning by Dalton Hiltbrand. In the top of the fifth Seneca tallied five runs on three walks, an error, steal of home and two hits both of which were two-run homers coming from Uphaus and Hiltbrand and went on to secure the 11-0 win. 

Uphaus earned the win on the mound again tossing a five inning shutout giving up just two hits while striking out seven and again going 2-3 at the plate this time with a two-run homer, two runs scored and two RBI. Hiltbrand finished the contest 2-4 with a pair of two-run homers for Seneca. In the loss Haverkamp and Dustin Talley registered the lone hits for Corning, while Jackson Glessner took the loss on the mound tossing all five innings. 

The pair of wins moved Seneca to 7-4 on the season, while Corning fell to 1-11 on the year. 

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