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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - July 8th-9th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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Legion baseball season for Northeast Kansas League teams featured four doubleheaders over the weekend between League teams. 

On Saturday Silver Lake and Leavenworth took to the diamond against each other and split their doubleheader as Silver Lake won 11-0 and Leavenworth captured an 8-5 win. 

Sunday featured a trio of NEKL twinbills with Doniphan County sweeping Corning 21-3 and 4-3 and Silver Lake sweeping Seneca 13-7 and 7-6, while Sabetha and Oskaloosa split their action with Oskaloosa winning 8-7 and Sabetha 11-2. 

The regular season wraps up this week with a few more matchups for the NEKL teams and then Zone tournament action commences next week starting July 16th. 

Silver Lake and Leavenworth Split on Saturday

The action was a tale of two games at Silver Lake on Saturday as Silver Lake dominated game one 11-0 in four innings and Leavenworth took game two 8-5 for their second win of the season. 

In the bottom of the first inning Silver Lake used four walks, six hit batters, a single, error and double to score 10 runs and take commanding control early. Six of the first eight guys to come to the plate reached safely by being hit by a pitch, while Wyatt Heiman delivered a three RBI double in the inning to highlight the frame. Silver Lake added another run in the bottom of the third and after limiting Leavenworth to only four base runners secured the 11-0 win in four innings. 

Ryan Osterhaus tossed the four inning shutout giving up just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts, while Silver Lake had only five hits drew six walks and had six hit batters. Heiman finished the game 1-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. 

Game two started similar to game one just flipped for the teams as Leavenworth in the top of the first on four walks and a hit batter plated two runs to take the initial lead. Leavenworth made it 3-0 in top second on a pair of leadoff singles in the inning, while an error helped Silver Lake finally get on the board with a run in the bottom of the third. A Reid Herken two RBI double gave Leavenworth the 5-1 advantage in top sixth but Silver Lake worked the game tied in the bottom of the inning with four runs including a RBI double by Reid Walker. A trio of RBI singles in the top of the seventh scored three runs for Leavenworth and led them to the 8-5 win. 

Herken earned the win on the mound going the distance giving up five runs (two earned) on four hits, three walks and stuckout five for Leavenworth. Silver Lake tossed five different pitchers in the loss. 

Doniphan County Sweeps Corning On Road

The outcome was the same each time on Sunday but the games were quite different as Doniphan County swept Corning 21-3 and 4-3 on the road. 

Nine runs by Doniphan County opened game one in the top of the first inning as they had six hits, a hit batter, walk and two Corning errors to get those nine runs. Both Wil Smith and Reid Greaser had home runs in the inning a two-run and three-run blast, respectively. Corning got on the score board in the bottom of the first with two runs on a walk to open the inning followed by two singles and a RBI ground out. A grand slam homer by Smith in the third gave Doniphan County four more runs and gave them a 13-1 lead, while Corning scored a run in bottom of the third. In the fourth on five hits, two walks and two errors Doniphan County tallied eight more runs and cruised to the 21-3 four inning win. 

Greaser tossed three innings for the win and Tyler Franken threw one inning of relief, as Smith led the offense with a 2-3 day with seven RBI, three runs scored. Chris Winkel, Zeb Speer, Levi Watts and Charley Grable each had two hits. Kamble Haverkamp had a two-hit game for Corning in the loss, while Collin Holthaus and Dalton Boeckman each had a hit. 

Game two was a lot tighter as Doniphan County actually found themselves down early before coming back to win 4-3. Doniphan County took the initial lead with a run in the first inning but Corning responded with a three-run homer by Holthaus in the bottom of the first to lead 3-1. A Winkel RBI single scored Franken in the third to make it 3-2 Corning and on a two-run homer by Smith in the top of the fourth Donpihan County took the lead and ultimately the game 4-3. 

Smith and Winkel led Doniphan County each with three hits, while Braden Deters and Boeckman led Corning each recording two-hits in the loss. 

The sweep moved Doniphan County to 17-7 on the season and dropped Corning to 2-16 on the year. 

Sabetha and Oskaloosa Split League Showdown

Both Sabetha and Oskaloosa snagged wins on Sunday as they split their League twinbill in Oskaloosa. Oskaloosa took game one 8-7 coming from behind, while Sabetha snatched game two 11-2. 

Oskaloosa took advantage of Sabetha errors to take an early 2-0 lead after the first inning in game one. Sabetha answered by scoring six runs in the top of the second with the big hit coming from Preston Bruning a three-run double. Oskaloosa eventually caught Sabetha in the fourth tying the score at seven by scoring three runs in the fourth. Bottom of the sixth inning is when the ultimate winning run was tallied for Oskaloosa as they tallied an unearned run to take the lead and the game.

Seth Coltrane pitched the final five innings to pick up the win, allowing only two hits and fanned eight. Hunter Reed collected three hits for Oskaloosa, while Dawson Gatzemeyer had a hit and three RBI's. 

After a scoreless first inning in game two, Sabetha scored in every inning to take game two 11-2 in five innings. Sabetha scored two runs in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and finished by plating three runs in the fifth. Brett Stallbaumer, Brayden Becker and Riley Herrmann each had two hits to lead the Sabetha 11-hit attack. Joe Gruber and Herrmann each had a pair of RBI's and Bruning and Stallbaumer scored two runs. Gruber pitched the first four innings without allowing a run and only giving up two hits. Reed in the loss for Oskaloosa had two hits and two RBI's. 

The split moved Sabetha to 23-7 on the season while pushing Oskaloosa to 15-10 on the year. 

Silver Lake Takes Two Over Seneca

Meeting up a week from their Zone tournament first round game on July 16th Silver Lake and Seneca did battle on the diamond in NEKL play and Silver Lake earned a pair of wins 13-7 and 7-6. 

Early offense started things off for Silver Lake in game one as a pair of RBI doubles by Josh Boyd and Justin Keller helped Silver Lake take a 3-0 lead. Six hits and a Seneca error in the bottom second lead to five runs for Silver Lake and they added two more in the third to lead 10-0 after three. Seneca cut that lead in half with five runs in the top fourth using seven hits in the frame. Silver Lake would tack on a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth, while Seneca managed just two more in the fifth and Silver Lake took the win 13-7. 

Reid Walker earned the win in four and third innings, while the Silver Lake offense had 16-hits lead by a 3-5 day from Boyd who had three RBI's and two doubles. Wyatt Heiman, Josh Dallman, Jake Lindstrom, Joey Clark and Garret Huske each had two-hit game. In the loss Seneca had 15-hits with a three hit game from Chase Kramer and Derek Uphaus. 

Game two saw the lead change hand a couple of times in the contest but Silver Lake taking the contest 8-7. Seneca snagged the early lead with two runs on a Trevor Holthaus two-run homer in the top first. Silver Lake had an answer tallying three runs on five hits in the bottom of the first to take the lead. A trio of hits and three hit batters led to two more runs for Seneca in top second as Lucas Schraad delivered a two RBI double in the inning. Seneca made it 6-3 with two more runs in top third but Silver Lake four hits and a hit batter to snag the 7-6 lead and hold on for the win. 

A two-hit game for Keller and Huske led the Silver Lake offense as Clark and Huske combined for the win on the mound. In the loss Paul Enneking tossed all four innings for Seneca, while Kramer had a two-hit game. 

The wins move Silver Lake to 16-8 on the season, while Seneca fell to 13-8 on the year. 

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