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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 27th
By Mike Smith
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Tuesday night featured a pair of Northeast Kansas League legion baseball doubleheaders and one other League team in action in non-league play. 

Doniphan County and Sabetha protected home field each earning sweeps in League play on the night beating Oskaloosa and Seneca, respectively. In Wathena Doniphan County won 11-3 in five innings and 4-0 over Oskaloosa, while Sabetha beat Seneca 7-0 and 5-2. 

Silver Lake played host to Ottawa in non-league action and it was Ottawa earning a pair of wins 16-3 in four innings and 4-3. 

The legion baseball season continues on Wednesday as Doniphan County is set to play Falls City in a junior and senior legion doubleheader. 

Doniphan County Takes Two at Home Over Oskaloosa

Looking to get back into the win column after Sunday's games Doniphan County played host to Oskaloosa for a League twinbill and earned a pair of wins claiming an 11-3 five inning win and 4-0 victory. 

After a scoreless first inning in game one the scoring picked up as Oskaloosa took the initial lead plating a run in the top of the second but Doniphan County had an answer in the bottom of the frame as Clayton Ridout blasted a two-run home run to give Doniphan the 2-1 lead. In the top of the third Oskaloosa flipped the lead back into their favor with two runs using a pair of doubles to start the inning. Once again Doniphan County had an answer this time scoring four runs on just one-hit partnered with two walks, an error and a few other Oskaloosa miscues. A five-run fourth by Doniphan County put the game firmly out of reach for Oskaloosa as an RBI double by Chris Winkel and two RBI double by Zeb Speer highlighted five-run inning. Levi Watts who started for Doniphan County finished the game in the fifth getting a routine six-four-three double play to end the game and lift Doniphan County to the 11-3 five inning win. 

Watts in the win tossed all five innings giving up three runs on five hits, one walk and struckout three while also recording two RBI's. Helping led the offense was Ridout who was 1-1 with a two-run homer, two walks and three runs scored earning him "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA. Winkel went 2-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, while Speer and Brock Blair each had two hits and two and three RBI's each. 

Oskaloosa in the loss got 2-3 performances from Nathan Buss and Dawson Gatzemeyer who each had a double, while Tucker Sherretts took the loss tossing four innings giving up 11 runs on eight hits and four walks. Trio errors also hurt Oskaloosa in the contest. 

Doniphan County took the early lead in game two plating three runs in the bottom of the first as Reid Greaser led the inning off with a triple and Wil Smith and Winkel each notched an RBI single in the frame leading to a 3-0 lead. Another run was added in the third for Doniphan County on two errors by Oskaloosa and Greaser came in relief of starter Franken in the fifth to finish the game and got a double play to finish the contest and a 4-0 Doniphan County win. 

Franken in his first start on the mound earned the win in throwing four innings giving up just one hit and a walk with one strikeout, while Greaser earned the save tossing the final inning was went 1-1 with a triple and two walks. 

Oskaloosa mustered only two-hits coming from Diego Cervantez and Seth Coltrane, while Coltrane took the loss on the mound in three innings giving up four runs on five hits, a walk and strikeout. Three errors once again hurt Oskaloosa in the contest, while they only had five base runners. 

The wins moved Doniphan County to 13-4 on the season, while Oskaloosa fell to 10-7 on the year with the losses. 

Sabetha Limits Seneca's Offense and Earns the Sweep

After a pair of tough losses to Seneca early in the season on the road Sabetha welcomed them to Somerset Park and avenged those earlier season losses picking up 7-0 and 5-2 wins. 

Game one was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Sabetha tallied two runs on a pair of hits and an error to take the lead. Sabetha then added five runs in the fifth on five hits and another Seneca error with a RBI double by Brandon Brownlee highlighting the inning using that output to go on to earn the 7-0 win, while out-hitting Seneca eight to one. 

Brayden Becker was spectacular on the mound for Sabetha earning the win by tossing the shutout going the distance giving up just one-hit and five walks over seven innings while striking out nine. Joe Gruber and Brownlee led the offense each going 2-3 as Gruber had two runs scored with an RBI and Brownlee had a double, RBI and run scored. 

In the loss Dalton Hiltbrand pitched six innings giving up seven runs but only four earned on eight hits, a walk and five strikeouts as four errors hurt Seneca in the loss. Chase Kramer registered the team’s lone hit going 1-1 with two walks. 

Game two was tied 1-1 after the first inning when Seneca took the lead in the top of the second scoring a run on back-to-back doubles by Derek Uphaus and Jacob Schmitz. Sabetha took the lead in the third on a two-run home run by Seth Burdick and tallied two more runs in the fourth to secure the 5-2. 

Gruber earned the win on the mound throwing five innings giving up two runs (one earned), on three hits, a walk and five strikeouts, while going 1-2 with an RBI and walk. Burdick chipped in a 1-1 performance with a two-run homer. 

Seneca in the loss had just three hits all double's from Uphaus, Schmitz and Hiltbrand. 

Sabetha with the wins improved to 17-5 on the season, while Seneca fell to 9-6 on the year. 

Silver Lake Falls In Pair of Tough Games Against Ottawa

Stepping out of League play Silver Lake played host to Ottawa a strong AAA level legion team and suffered a pair of losses falling 16-3 in four innings and 4-3 in the nightcap. 

Ottawa controlled the first game from the start scoring four runs in the first inning and put things out of reach with six-run second and third innings before Silver Lake got on the board with three runs in the fourth but it wasn't enough to continue the contest. Out-hitting Silver Lake 11-3 Ottawa earned the 16-3 win in four innings in game one. Brady Snook and Ryan Osterhaus each saw time on the mound for Silver Lake in the loss. 

Game two was quite different than the first as it was a tight contest. Each team tallied a run in the third inning but Silver Lake took the lead with a two-run bottom of the fifth and led 3-1. Ottawa responded in the top of the sixth with three runs and used that to earn the 4-3 win. In the loss Wyatt Heiman had three hits for Silver Lake, while Josh Boyd recorded two hits and Reid Walker had a pair of RBI's. Garret Huske tossed four and two-thirds in the loss while Jake Lindstrom threw two and one-third innings. 

The pair of losses moves Silver Lake to 11-5 on the season. 

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