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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - Season Gets Underway (May 27th)
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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The 2018 legion baseball season is underway and multiple Northeast Kansas League teams took to the diamond on Sunday, May 27th to open their seasons. 

The League will once again be split into two divisions the East and West with five teams in each division. Marysville joins the League this year at the Senior legion level and Hiawatha brings back their team after a few years without a team. 

On Sunday, Sabetha swept Leavenworth winning 12-4 and 11-1, while Seneca and Doniphan County split with a 5-3 Doniphan County win and 4-1 Seneca win. Silver Lake picked up two wins beating Oskaloosa 8-1 and Oak Park 4-0, while Oskaloosa also played Oak Park and lost 6-3. Marysville was credited with two forfeit wins over Atchison. 

Sabetha Opens Season with Sweep of Leavenworth
Fresh off a high school baseball State title Sabetha legion baseball team composed of the high school squad took on Leavenworth to open the legion season on Sunday and won 12-4 and 11-1. 

The Raptors took an early lead scoring five runs in the first aided by four Leavenworth errors.  Sabetha added three runs in the second and third innings to take an 11-2 lead after four going on to win 12-4.  Brandon Brownlee had a pair of doubles and Seth Burdick and Braden Argabright each had two hits. Blake Frey pitched four innings allowing only one hit and a pair of runs, while striking out five to earn the win. Brett Stallbaumer tossed the final two frames allowing a pair of unearned runs.

Game two saw Preston Bruning strikeout eight hitters and allow only an unearned run in leading Sabetha to an 11-1 four inning victory. Stallbaumer recorded two hits and three RBI's and Kyle Grimm added a two-run homer and RBI groundout to lead the Raptors 10-hit attack.

Silver Lake Takes Two at Oskaloosa Over Host & Oak Park
Oskaloosa played host to Silver Lake and Oak Park on Sunday and each team played in each for three total games on the day. Silver Lake started the year with two wins beating Oskaloosa 8-1 and Oak Park 4-0, while Oskaloosa fell to Oak Park 6-3. 

Silver Lake used a strong pitching performance from Cale Adams to earn the 8-1 win over Oskaloosa. Adams went seven innings and struckout out 13 in the win, while also three hits and three RBI's. Josh Boyd and Mitchell Flanagan each had three hits in the win, also. In the 4-0 win over Oak Park, Silver Lake was led by Flanagan and Trent Byers on the mound to earn the win. 

Oskaloosa in the loss to Silver Lake struggled with five errors, while Dawson Gatzemeyer tossed four innings and Cooper Jepson three innings of work. In the contest against Oak Park it was early offense by Oak Park that Oskaloosa could not overcome. Oskaloosa plated all three runs in the third inning in the loss as Tucker Sherretts tossed three and one-third innings of action and Gatzemeyer recorded a pair of RBI's. 

Doniphan County and Seneca Split Doubleheader to Open Season
The legion baseball season got underway for on Sunday with Doniphan County hosting Seneca and the teams split the doubleheader. Doniphan County won 5-3 in game one, while Seneca took game two 4-1. 

Led by solid pitching Doniphan County earned the 5-3 game one win as Zeb Speer tossed six strong innings giving up three runs (only one earned) on five hits to earn the win, while Levi Watts shut the door to earn the save. Watts also had two hits, while Blake Miller and Caleb Liechti each had two hits, Liechti and Brock Blair each had a pair of RBI's. Derek Uphaus in the loss for Seneca had two RBI. 

Game two saw Seneca earn the 4-1 with Uphaus earning the save with a pair of strikeouts late in bases loaded situation for Doniphan County. Doniphan County struggled offensively stranding 12 on base, while Brody Winder was solid on the mound going four and two-thirds giving up four runs on three hits and six walks and recorded nine strikeouts. 

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