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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - July 5th
By Mike Smith
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Four Northeast Kansas League legion baseball teams hit the ball diamond on Wednesday to continue their season with two against each other and the other two playing competition outside the League. 

In League play Corning traveled to Silver Lake and earned their first NEKL win of the season winning 8-7 in game one of the doubleheader, while Silver Lake took game two 13-0 in four innings. Seneca hosted Marysville in non-league action and earned the sweep at home winning both games 6-3, while Sabetha took down Falls City 9-2 on the road. 

The legion baseball season continues Thursday night with a pair of League twinbills as Oskaloosa will be at Silver Lake and Sabetha will host Doniphan County. 

Corning and Silver Lake Split League Twinbill

Wednesday night feature a pair of drastically different baseball games at Silver Lake as Corning traveled to Silver Lake for a Northeast Kansas League doubleheader. Corning in game one earned their first League win of the season holding on for the 8-7 win, while Silver Lake took game two 13-0 in four innings. 

Corning snagged the early lead in game one capitalizing on a pair of singles to lead-off the game in the first scoring two runs. The lead grew to 4-0 with two more runs in the third inning with the frame highlighted by a triple by Braden Deters. Silver Lake in the bottom of the third got a single and walk to open the frame and were threatening to score when Jackson Glessner struckout out the next two batters and Corning looked like they might get out of the inning without giving up runs. However with two-outs Josh Boyd hit a two RBI single to get Silver Lake on the board and they went on to score four more in the inning to take a 6-4 lead after three innings. The lead was short lived for Silver Lake as Corning behind three-hits tied the game at 6-6 in the top fifth. It remained tied until the top of the sixth with three hits including a two RBI single by Kobe Rumbo for Corning gave them the 8-6 lead. Silver Lake got a run on four walks in the bottom of the sixth but left the bases loaded and Corning held a 8-7 lead entering the seventh. Looking to finish out the game Corning gave up a walk and hit batter to Silver Lake in the seventh and had the tying run against them at third but ultimately wiggle out of the jam to earn the 8-7 win. 

Corning's offense produced 12-hits including a 3-4 game by Deters who had a triple, two runs scored and two RBI's earning McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA. Glessner who started the game on the mound tossed five solid innings giving up seven runs on four hits, five walks with five strikeouts, while going 2-4 at the plate. Dustin Talley earned the win pitching the final two innings and Kamble Haverkamp was 2-5 in the contest. 

Silver Lake in the loss used three pitchers as the starter Reid Walker gave up six runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in five innings. Offensively Silver Lake managed only four hits with Jake Lindstrom leading the offense going 1-1 with two walks and hit by pitch. 

Game two was all Silver Lake as Garret Huske and Ryan Ostherhaus combined for a four inning two-hit shutout helping Silver Lake earn the doubleheader split with a 13-0 four inning win. The scoring started early for Silver Lake in game two plating seven runs on three hits, two walks and two errors in the first, then added four runs in the second and a two RBI single by Osterhaus tallied two more runs in the third. 

Huske and Osterhaus each tossed two innings giving up just three base runners on two hits and a walk, while Justin Keller led the Silver Lake offense with a 2-3 game with two runs scored and Joey Clark drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. 

Corning in the loss had a hit by Cooper Deters and Dalton Boeckman and Dustin Talley drew a walk. 

The split on the night moved Corning to 2-14 on the season and pushed Silver Lake to 12-6. 

Seneca Takes Two Over Marysville

Solid pitching and timely hits earned Seneca a pair of 6-3 non-league wins at home over Marysville on Wednesday. 

Marysville took the 1-0 lead in game one using a hit batter and two-hits to tally a run in the top of the first, while Seneca responded with a run in the bottom first on two walks and a single. In the third Seneca took the lead as Lucas Schraad notched a two RBI double making it 3-1. Marysville cut the lead to one with a run in the top of the fifth but in the bottom of the fifth Luke Reitz smacked a three-run homer for Seneca to make it 6-2 and help cement the game in Seneca's favor. In the top of the seventh Marysville managed a run but Seneca earned the 6-3 win. 

Derek Uphaus earned the win on the mound for Seneca going seven innings giving up three runs on eight hits, a walk and struckout eight. Offensively Seneca had only five hits but Schraad was 1-3 with his two RBI double and Reitz finished 1-3 with a three-run homer. 

Marysville in the loss had Trey Loshe toss four innings and Jayton Haggard two innings giving up six runs on five hits and six walks, while Haggard was 3-4 at the plate with an RBI and run scored. 

Game two saw Marysville take the early lead also scoring a run in the first on a walk, single and error and then made it 2-0 with a run on two-errors and a single in the second. Seneca flipped the lead to their hands in the bottom of the second with four runs. While Marysville tallied a run in the third, Seneca pushed the lead to three with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and ultimately secured the 6-3 win. 

In the win Trevor Holthaus earned the win tossing five innings giving up three runs, only one earned on four hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Only six hits offensively Noe Guana and Chase Kramer led Seneca each going 1-2 with a run scored and RBI. 

Marysville in the loss had a 2-2 game by Haggard, while Caleb Maynard took the loss throwing four innings giving up six runs on six hits, three walks and struckout two. 

Seneca with the pair of wins improved to 13-6 on the season. 

Sabetha Uses Five-Run Sixth Run Past Falls City

Some late offense secured the win ultimately for Sabetha on the road against Falls City as they earned the 9-2 victory on Wednesday night. 

Up 4-2 entering the top of the sixth inning Sabetha posted five runs using three hits, three walks and two Falls City errors to generate the runs and the 9-2 win. Trevor Kramer picked up the win on the mound his fifth of the season as he tossed six innings striking out six. Leading the way at the plate for Sabetha Preston Bruning, Blake Frey and Seth Burdick each had two hits, while Bruning had three runs scored and Frey, Burdick and Brayden Becker each collected two RBI's.

The win moved Sabetha to 21-5 on the season extending their current win streak to six games. 

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