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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - Weekend Recap July 2nd & 3rd
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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Northeast Kansas League legion baseball teams kept their season rolling along over the weekend as the calendar flipped to the month of June. 

On Saturday Sabetha traveled to Nebraska and took on Wymore and suffered their first loss of the legion baseball season falling in a tough 4-3 contest. While on Sunday Doniphan County hosted Silver Lake and Oskaloosa hosted Marysville in doubleheader action and each twinbill was a split. Silver Lake won game one 6-0 over Doniphan County, while in game it was Doniphan County picking up the 1-0 win. Oskaloosa took game one in their doubleheader with Marysville winning 9-6 but Marysville bounced back to win 13-2 in game two for the split. 

Sabetha Suffers First Loss of Legion Season
It was the home run ball that doomed Sabetha in a non-league showdown on Saturday against Wymore falling for the first time this season with a 4-3 loss.   

Wymore took an early 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Peyton Mohr. Wymore increased their lead to 3-0 on the first of two solo shots by Trevin Saathoff. Sabetha cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Brayden Becker. Saathoff hit his second home run in the fifth to up the lead to 4-1. The Raptors scored single runs in the sixth and seventh and had the tying run on second when the game ended on a groundout.

Joe Gruber took the loss on the mound pitching a strong six innings allowing four runs on six hits and fanned 12. Gruber also added a pair of infield hits and Braden Argabright continued his hot start by going 2-3 with a double and RBI.

Doniphan County & Silver Lake Split Twinbill
Both games only featured six hits between the two teams and not much offense as Doniphan County and Silver Lake played to a split in their doubleheader. Silver Lake blanked Doniphan County in game one winning 6-0, while Doniphan County grabbed the split with a 1-0 game two win. 

Both teams used some walks early for baserunners in the first inning but nothing led to runs until Silver Lake scored in the second inning on three hits with a double by Cody Hay and then an RBI single by Ryan Osterhaus. Silver Lake scratched another run across in the third inning and again in the fifth to lead 3-0 entering the seventh. The lead doubled up in the seventh as Silver Lake took advantage of a Doniphan County pitching change and used five consecutive walks after a hit to score three runs and then secured the 6-0 win. 

Jake Lindstrom was strong on the mound to earn the win for Silver Lake going five innings giving up no runs on one-hit and six walks and struckout nine, while Cale Adams tossed the final two innings striking out four. At the plate Silver Lake had just had five hits but drew 10 walks in the win. Josh Boyd went 2-3 with a double, walk and run scored, while Hay was 1-2 with a RBI, run scored, double and two walks. In the loss Bryson Kirkland tossed a solid six and two-thirds innings giving up four runs on six hits and five walks and struckout six and recorded the only Doniphan County hit. 

Game two featured not much offense again and only one run as Doniphan County used a pair of hits in the bottom of the first inning to score a run and made it hold up for the 1-0 win. Clayton Ridout notched a single in the first and came into score in the inning for Doniphan County. Zeb Speer was strong on the mound tossing all five innings for Doniphan County for the win giving up just two hits and one walk, while striking out four which earned him McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA radio. Ridout was 2-2 at the plate scoring the lone run of the game, while Cale Leichti and Brody Winder each had a hit for Doniphan County. Silver Lake in the loss got a hit by Justin Keller and Hay. 

The split moved Doniphan County to 4-2 on the season and pushed Silver Lake to 5-1 on the year. 

Oskaloosa & Marysville Split Doubleheader
Oskaloosa hosted Marysville for a doubleheader on Sunday and both teams went home with a win on the day. For Oskaloosa it was their first of the season as they took game one 9-6, while Marysville managed the split with a routing 13-2 win in game two. 

Both teams got on the board in the first inning with a run each in game one and it remained 1-1 just for a short time as Marysville took the 2-1 lead with a run in the second inning on a RBI single by Owen Nietfeld. Marysville grew their led with three-run top of the fourth as Hunter Warnick blasted a home run in the inning. Oskaloosa took the lead for the first time in the contest and kept it behind a seven-run bottom of the fourth. A pair of two RBI double's highlighted the inning for Oskaloosa as Levi Navinskey and Hunter Reed each recorded one. Marysville got a run back in the fifth but Oskaloosa scored a tally in the sixth and went on to win 9-6 despite being out-hit nine to seven. 

Dawson Gatzmeyer earned the win for Oskaloosa tossing three and two-thirds innings, while Reed with a three-hit day led the Oskaloosa offense, while Navinskey, Deigo Cervantez and Reed each had two RBI's. In the loss Jacob Latta struckout 10 in three and two-thirds but did surrender seven runs, while Nietfeld went 3-3 at the plate to lead Marysville and Adam Lindhorst registered two-hits. 

Marysville used early offense in game two to win comfortably and earn the split with Oskaloosa. To open the game Marysville produced five runs in the first highlighted by a home run from Lindhorst, while Latta hit a home run in the fourth inning and then later broke the game wide open with a six-run fifth inning with RBI's from Storm Slupianek, Derek Roever, Latta and Warnick in the frame. Oskaloosa notched a run in the second and fifth innings but managed only three hits in the 13-2 game two loss. 

Warnick led the Marysville offense going 3-4, while Latta had a multi-hit game and Nietfeld tossed four innings for the win giving up one run on three hits and struckout of five. Oskaloosa had Navinskey take the loss on the mound. 

The split moves Oskaloosa to 1-3 on the season, while Marysville moved to 4-2 on the year. 


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