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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 8th-10th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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Plenty of action over the weekend for Northeast Kansas League legion baseball teams continuing their season. 

On Friday, Silver Lake won a pair of non-league games with a sweep of Rock Creek 15-4 and 16-3 and Silver Lake also snagged a pair of forfeit wins over Leavenworth on Sunday. 

Also over the weekend the Marysville Classic took place with action starting on Friday. Sabetha opened up the tournament with a 10-0 win over Lincoln Lutheran and then beat Lincoln (KS) 14-3 in the Semifinals. Marysville topped Fairbury 7-1 in the Semifinals after a first round bye. In the Championship Marysville edged Sabetha 4-3 on Sunday to wrap up the tournament. 

On Sunday Doniphan County and Seneca also faced off and it was a sweep of the doubleheader by Doniphan County winning 13-5 and 8-6 on the day. 

Marysville Wins Marysville Classic & Sabetha Takes Second
The two Northeast Kansas League teams involved in the Marysville Classic put together the best performances in the tournament to finish first and second in the tournament action as Marysville topped Sabetha 4-3 in the Championship. 

Sabetha opened the tournament with a 10-0 route of Lincoln Luthern (NE) winning the contest in five innings. Braden Argabright was stellar on the mound needing just 44 pitches to work through five innings for the win tossing a two-hitter, while also having a pair triples with three RBI's offensively. Seth Burdick added a three hit day for Sabetha, while Riley Hermann notched a pair of hits. In the Semifinals Sabetha kept rolling winning 14-3 over Lincoln (KS). Leading only 6-2 entering the sixth inning Sabetha busted the game open with an eight run sixth to grab the win. Joe Gruber tossed a solid five innings and had three hits, while Argabright, Brandon Brownlee and Ryan Stapleton each had two hits in the contest. 

Marysville after a first round bye took on Fairbury (NE) in the Semifinals and earned the 7-1 win. Tied at 1-1 after the third inning Marysville took the lead in the fourth with a bases loaded Brennan Wetter walk and Marysville tacked on more runs including a three sixth to secure the win. Derek Roever earned the win on the mound tossing five solid innings giving up just one run on two hits, while Jonny Crome led Marysville with a 3-4 performance at the plate. 

It was an all NEKL final for the Marysville Classic and the host Marysville took advantage of some Sabetha errors to sneak past Sabetha 4-3 for the tournament win. In the first inning four Sabetha errors led to three unearned Marysville runs, but Sabetha battled back to tie the game in the fifth scoring their third run of the game. However Marysville jumped back in front in the bottom of the sixth when they two more Sabetha errors led to another unearned run and ultimately the 4-3 win. Owen Nietfeld earned the win on the mound tossing six innings giving up three runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six and Storm Slupianek earned the save tossing the final inning. Brayden Becker was strong in the loss for Sabetha going five and two-thirds innings giving up four unearned runs on three hits and one walk, while striking out 11. 

The 2-0 weekend for Marysville moves them to 7-2 on the season, while Sabetha went 2-1 over the weekend to move to 7-4 on the year. 

Doniphan County Takes Two on the Road Over Seneca
Doniphan County earned their first wins at Seneca in legion baseball since 2015 and took two by sweeping the doubleheader on the road with 13-5 and 8-6 victories. 

Seneca started the scoring in game one as Noe Gauna blasted a ball to the right field wall over the head of Doniphan County right fielder and the speedy Gauna sprinted around the base pads to tally an inside the park home run. In the top of the second inning Doniphan County had an answer via the free pass as they used five walks, a hit batter and error along with a RBI single by Reid Greaser to score seven runs and lead 7-1. The lead grew in the third inning for Doniphan County as Greaser blasted a two-run home run, but Seneca got on the board again in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs also making it 9-3 after three innings. Doniphan County added two runs in the fourth and sixth innings, while Seneca scored a run in the fourth and sixth but Doniphan County earned the 13-5 win in six innings. 

Brock Blair earned the win in on the mound tossing six innings giving up five runs on 10 hits and struckout out nine. Offensively Doniphan County took advantage of 13 walks and a hit batter to go along with five hits to score 13 runs. Greaser was 2-3 with a two-run homer and walk, while Caleb Leichti also went 2-3 with three RBI's and a walk. In the loss Trenton Schmitz, Dalton Huerter and Derek Uphaus each had two hits for Seneca. 

Game two started like game one with Seneca taking the early lead but a big second inning for Doniphan County ultimately helping them earn the win. A two-run home run by Luke Reitz in the bottom of the first gave Seneca the early lead but Doniphan County once again had a seven run top of the second this time using four hits, a walk and four Seneca errors. Greaser smashed a three-run homer in the second, while Brock Blair had two doubles with two RBI's attached to one and Leichti added a two RBI single in the inning. Seneca cut the lead to one in the bottom of the third after working the bases loaded on two errors and a walk and Uphaus left the park with a grand slam making it 7-6 Doniphan County. Both teams spoiled scoring opportunities in the fourth, but Doniphan County added an insurance run in the top of the fifth to lead 8-6. In the bottom of the fifth Reitz led the inning off for Seneca with a triple but was stranded at third as Doniphan County secured the 8-6 win. 

Blair went 2-3 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI's and played a big role in the seven-run second inning to earn McDonald's "Player of the Game" on KNZA radio. Greaser went 2-2 with a three-run homer and two walks, while Levi Watts picked up the win on the mound striking out eight in five innings. In the loss Seneca was led by Reitz who went 2-2 with a triple and two-run homer and Landen Baker tallied a 2-3 contest with a double and two runs scored. 

The pair of wins moves Doniphan County to 8-3 on the season, while Seneca fell to 4-6 on the year with the pair of losses. 


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