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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - May 30th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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The legion baseball season rolled along on Thursday with the first divisional matchups in the Northeast Kansas League. 

Both Sabetha, Silver Lake and Leavenworth finished the night with sweeps in their doubleheaders with one on the road and two at home. Sabetha picked up two road wins beating Seneca 8-1 and 6-4, while Silver Lake scored to home wins topping Corning 4-0 and 11-3. Leavenworth earned their first two wins of the season with a sweep of Hiawatha winning 9-5 and 11-1. Doniphan County was also credited with two forfeit wins over Atchison on Thursday. 

Sabetha Takes Two on Road Over Seneca Led by No-Hitter
There wasn't much offensive production by both teams at the plate overall on the night but Sabetha took advantage of the plethora of free passes given to them by Seneca and earned the sweep winning 8-1 and 6-4. 

It was a pitching duel in game one between Brayden Becker and Derek Uphaus as both pitchers were strong in the contest. Becker stymied the Seneca offense throughout the contest giving up just three total base runners in the contest and only one unearned run. While Uphaus was tagged for a pair of runs early but was strong too in six innings of work. Sabetha got on the board in the first on an RBI single by Brandon Brownlee scoring Blake Frey, while Sabetha manufactured another run in the second to lead 2-0. Seneca got their run in the fourth using a pair of errors and wild pitch to score Mitchell Henry and make it 2-1. A Riley Hermann RBI single in the sixth gave Sabetha a 3-1 lead and the game entered the seventh with that score. Seneca made a pitching change in the seventh and after getting the first two-outs of the inning Sabetha plated five runs using five walks, a hit batter and two hits including a two RBI double by Braden Argabright. Sabetha went on to capture the 8-1 win. 

Becker led Sabetha earning the win on the mound as he tossed a no-hitter and recorded 15 strikeouts earning him the win and McDonald's of Seneca and Hiawatha "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA radio. Pretson Bruning and Argabright led Sabetha at the plate each with two hits with Argabright notching a pair of doubles. Uphaus in the loss threw six strong innings for Seneca giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out eight. 

Game two saw both teams once again struggle to find a hit as the contest featured only four hits combined. Seneca got on the board first using a leadoff walk by Luke Reitz in the second as Chris Lewis brought him in on an RBI groundout. The lead grew for Seneca in the fourth as Trevor Holthaus blasted a two-run homer and Landen Baker hit a RBI single to score three in the fourth and lead 4-0. Baker who picked strong in the first four innings for Seneca limiting Sabetha was replaced on the mound in the fifth and just like game one Sabetha used the free pass to find runs. Behind six walks, a hit batter and several wild pitches Sabetha scored six runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead and ultimately the game 6-4 despite only having one hit. 

Sabetha's lone hit was a double by Seth Burdick, while Argabright and Trevor Kramer combined to toss the five innings in the contest for Sabetha. Hermann, Brett Stallbaumer and Brownlee each drew two walks as Sabetha compiled 10 walks in the game. Baker was strong on the mound for Seneca going four innings giving up no runs on just one hit and four walks, while Holthaus, Baker and Uphaus record the Seneca hits. 

The wins improved Sabetha to 4-0 to open the legion baseball season, while Seneca with the losses fell to 1-3 on the season. 

Silver Lake Sweeps Corning
It's a 4-0 start to the legion baseball season for Silver Lake as they picked up a pair of wins over Corning on Thursday winning 4-0 and 11-3. 

Leading the way in game one for Silver Lake was the pitching of Reid Walker who tossed all seven innings and shutout Corning giving up just six hits and no walks, while striking out six. Trent Byers led the offense for Silver Lake with two hits and scored two of the teams four runs. In game two Cody Hay was solid as the start tossing four and two-thirds innings to earn the win giving up just five hits and three walks and struckout four, while Byers and Walker led the offense with two hits each. 

The two wins move Silver Lake to a 4-0 mark to open the season, while Corning starts the year 0-2. 

Leavenworth Gets First Wins of Season With Sweep of Hiawatha
Leavenworth scored a combined 20 runs in the doubleheader with Hiawatha and earned the sweep with 9-5 and 11-1 wins. 

Game one saw Leavenworth notch 11 hits to produce nine runs with Hayes Edwards and Clayton Richter each having a multi-hit game both with a double and two runs scored in the contest. While Patrick Lewwallen also had a mulit-hit game for Leavenworth, while Eli Schwinn tossed four strong innings giving up just one run on four hits with three strikeouts. 

In game two Leavenworth made the best of their six hits to produce 11 runs and win by run rule after four innings. Richter again had a multi-hit game with two runs scored, while Edwards had a hit and three runs scored and Chase Burns had a multi-hit game. On the mound Edwards tossed all four innings giving up just one run on three hitsand struck out nine as Hiawatha stranded 10 base runners on the game. 

The wins move Leavenworth to 2-2 on the season, while Hiawatha opens the year with a pair of losses falling to 0-2. 

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