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AA Legion Baseball Zone Tournament - Doniphan County Tops Seneca & Marysville Handles Sabetha
By Mike Smith
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Wednesday marked the fourth night of action in Sabetha at Somerset Park in the AA legion baseball Zone tournament and the doubleheader determined that Thursday night's game will be win and your into the State tournament. 

The night started off with Doniphan County staving off elimination for the second consecutive night beating Seneca 10-5. While in the night cap Marysville took down Sabetha 11-1 in six innings in a winner's bracket showdown.  

That sets up a matchup with Doniphan County and Sabetha Thursday night at 7:00pm with the winner earning a spot at the AA State tournament. (Game will be broadcasted on 103.9 KNZA and 

Doniphan County Staves Off Elimination Beating Seneca
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After staying alive with wins on Tuesday night Doniphan County and Seneca battled each other to remain alive in the AA Zone tournament at Sabetha on Wednesday night and Doniphan County took advantage of their opportunities to take the game 10-5. 

The offense got going early for Doniphan County as Wil Smith launched a ball over the wall to centerfield and made it was 2-0 as Tyler Franken was on base when Smith delivered the home run. A RBI single by Reid Greaser in the top of the fourth made it a 3-0 Doniphan County but in the bottom of the fourth Seneca got their first hits of the game. Doniphan County starter Zeb Speer gave up only one base runner in the first three innings but in the fourth got a pair of singles and with two on then got a three-run homer by Chase Kramer to tie the contest 3-3.

The fifth inning was the big difference in the contest as Doniphan County plated six-runs in the inning batting around. A leadoff single opened the inning but a line-out and a fielder's choice and there was two-outs and a ball that looked like would be another fielder's choice play at second was dropped by Seneca and the error kept the inning alive for Doniphan. Following the error three hits, two walks, another error and a reach on a dropped strike three all happened and led to Doniphan County scoring six runs to lead 9-3. Smith notched a two RBI single in the fifth, while both Brock Blair and Bryson Kirkland each had an RBI single. In the bottom of the sixth Seneca chipped into the lead with two runs on a two RBI double Luke Reitz making it 9-5 and had the bases loaded with two-outs threating for more runs when Clayton Ridout made a great catch down the line in right field to end the inning. Greaser added an insurance run for Doniphan County in top of seventh on a solo home run and Levi Watts who was in a reliever set Seneca down in order in the bottom of the seventh giving Doniphan County the 10-5 win. 

In the win Speer tossed five and two-thirds giving up five runs on seven hits, a walk and two hit batters while striking out four to earn the win for Doniphan County. Watts tossed a scoreless inning and one-third giving up a walk and struckout two, while going 2-3 reaching base safely four times. Smith led the offense and was named McDonald's "Player of the Game" on KNZA after a 3-5 game with a two-run homer and total of four RBI's. Greaser chipped in a 2-4 night with a homer, two runs scored, two RBI and walk, while Blair and Bryson Kirkland each recorded two hits. 

Paul Enneking tossed the complete game for Seneca taking the loss on the mound while getting on base three times as he was hit by pitch twice and also drew a walk. Kramer led Seneca at the plate going 2-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored, while Trevor Holthaus was 2-4. 

The loss ends Seneca's season with a 15-10 record, while Doniphan County remains alive and improves to 21-8. 

Early Offense Leads Marysville to Zone Title With Win Over Sabetha
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During the regular season Marysville and Sabetha played each other three times with all three games decided by one-run but on Wednesday in the Zone tournament it was a one-sided contest as Marysville took down Sabetha 11-1 in six innings. 

Marysville got rolling early behind four hits in the first inning scoring four runs with RBI doubles by Hunter Warnick and Jacob Latta highlighting the frame. Another run was scratched across in the second for Marysville to led 5-0. Sabetha finally broke through in the fourth getting a pair of walks to open the inning but got the run on heady base running with two-outs and then worked the bases loaded but left them that way in the fourth managing just the one run. Marysville got the run back in the fifth inning scoring one and in the top of the sixth batted around using two-hits, an error and four walks to score five runs with a three RBI double by Adam Lindhorst highlighting the inning. Needing runs in the bottom of the sixth to continue the game Sabetha got the leadoff man on via a walk and then Kyle Grimm hit a single but Trey Lohse shut the door after that to lift Marysville to the 11-1 win in six innings. 

In the win Jayton Haggard led the 12-hit attack of Marysville going 3-3 with a triple, double, three runs scored, two RBI and a walk, while Warnick was 2-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI and earned McDonald's "Player of the Game" on KNZA. Caleb Maynard added a 2-2 game, while Lindhorst was 2-3 with three RBI's. Derek Roever started and went three and two-thirds giving up one run on two hits and six walks, while striking out five and Lohse tossed the final two and two-third innings giving up just one-hit, two walks and one hit batter. 

Sabetha in the loss had Brayden Becker start and work five and two-thirds innings taking the loss, while Pretson Bruning, Grimm and Braden Argabright each notched a hit as Sabetha had just three hits. 

The win moves Marysville to 24-7 on the season and gives them the Zone tournament title, while Sabetha falls to 24-11 on the season and remains alive in the postseason. 

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