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AA Legion Baseball Zone Tournament - Seneca & Doniphan County Stay Alive With Wins
By Mike Smith
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Just like Monday night the AA Zone legion baseball tournament action in Sabetha featured a walk-off win and another lopsided contest but unlike Monday a pair of teams were eliminated from the tournament on Tuesday night. 

The night started off with Seneca taking down Corning holding on for a 11-10 win in extra innings as the game went eight innings, while Doniphan County turned up the offense and routed Silver Lake 13-3 in six innings. 

With the wins both Seneca and Doniphan County stay alive in the postseason and move into an elimination matchup against each Wednesday night at 6:00pm. While Wednesday will also feature the winner's bracket showdown of Marysville versus Sabetha in the nightcap at 8:00pm. (Both games will be broadcasted on 103.9 KNZA) 

Seneca Needs Extra Innings to Hold Off Corning

For the second straight night Seneca found themselves in a tight battle on the baseball diamond and in a game that ended in walk-off fashion but unlike Monday, Tuesday's game went in Seneca's favor. Despite Corning battling back to tie contest twice and almost take the lead Seneca picked up the 11-10 win in eight innings. 

Seneca struck first with a two singles, a walk and two Corning errors to plate three runs in bottom second inning. A trio of hits including a Luke Reitz double partnered with another error opened the bottom of the third for Seneca with three more runs to double their lead at 6-0. In the fourth Corning finally got some offense with three hits including a RBI single by Josh Hasenkamp to make it 6-1. Then in the top of the fifth Corning batted around against the third different pitcher for Seneca and with two hit batters, three walks, an error and two RBI single by Cooper Deters tied contest as Corning scored five runs. Seneca had an answer in the bottom of the fifth plating four runs getting an two-run homer by Trevor Holthaus and RBI double by Lucas Schraad to highlight the inning making it 10-6 Seneca after five frames. Three-outs away from the win Seneca struggled to finish the contest with the first six batters reaching safely in the top seventh for Corning helping lead to four runs tying the game at 10-10. In the bottom of the seventh Seneca got a one-out base runner but he was thrown out at second trying to steal and on to extra innings the contest went. Top of the eight Corning generated more base runners but stranded a pair and in the bottom of the inning a leadoff single by Mitchell Henry, followed by a Schraad single and intentional walk of Dalton Hiltibrand loaded the bases for Seneca with nobody out and Trenton Henry hit into a fielder's choice that produced the winning run as the throw didn't make it to home plate in time for the out and Seneca won 11-10 in eight innings. 

In the win four different guys pitched for Seneca with both Paul Enneking and Trevor Holthaus tossing less than 30 pitches early in the contest, but Mitchell Henry finished the game tossing four frames. Offensively Seneca produced 15-hits led by a 3-5 showing by both Mitchell Henry and Schraad, as Henry had two runs scored and two RBI, while Schraad had a double, RBI and reached on an error. Reitz finished 2-3 with three runs scored and Chase Kramer had two hits. 

Corning in the loss had a trio of guys pitch with Quinn Buessing tossing four solid innings of relief. Leading the offense was a 2-4 performance by Hasenkamp who was hit by a pitch and had two RBI's, while Deters was 2-4 with two RBI's, run scored and reached on an error and Dalton Boeckman went 1-3 with two runs scored with two walks. 

The loss finishes the season for Corning at 2-18, while Seneca remains alive in the postseason and sits at 15-9 on the year. 

Doniphan County Routes Silver Lake to Stay Alive in Postseason

Plenty of offense and a strong pitching outing carried Doniphan County past Silver Lake on Tuesday night in an elimination showdown in the AA Zone tournament in Sabetha. In routing fashion Doniphan County earned the 13-3 win in six innings. 

Four consecutive walks to open the game got Doniphan County on the board and they added another in the top of the first to lead 2-0 and chase the Silver Lake starter out the contest after four batters. In the bottom of the first three two-out singles scratched a run across for Silver Lake and then a two-run bottom second gave them the 3-2 lead. Two-hits, a walk and error got Silver Lake their two-runs in the second highlighted by a RBI single from Reid Walker. Doniphan County had an answer in the top third batting around scoring six runs on seven hits. Both Levi Watts and Brock Blair each had two RBI doubles in the in six-run third, while Zeb Speer added a RBI double. An RBI double by Reid Greaser scored another run for Doniphan County in the fifth and then a grand slam by Greaser in the top sixth made it 13-3. Silver Lake in need of runs to continue the game in the bottom of the sixth got the first two guys on via a walk and single but Doniphan County starter Bryson Kirkland shut the door for the Doniphan County 13-3 win in six innings. 

Kirkland went the distance to earn the win on the mound for Doniphan County giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks and struckout five, giving up just four base runners after the second inning and added a 2-4 day at the plate. Leading the Doniphan 13-hit attack was Greaser who was 3-5 with a grand slam, double, five RBI, three runs scored and a walk, while Tyler Franken and Clayton Ridout each tallied two-hits. 

In the loss Silver Lake used three pitchers including getting four and two-thirds innings from Garret Huske. Offensively both Kyle Frick and Josh Boyd went 2-3 with a run scored. 

The win moves Doniphan County to 20-8 on the season as they stay alive in the postseason, while Silver Lake wraps up the season with a 16-12 record. 

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