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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - Silver Lake Continues Strong Play Topping Seneca
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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The strong start to the legion baseball season continues for Silver Lake as they picked up a pair of Northeast Kansas League wins on Friday night on the road winning 8-2 and 13-1. 

Game one was a strong pitching display early as Andrew Leonard for Seneca and Dillon Byrne for Silver Lake set down their opponents in order in the first inning and each looked solid early. Byrne was tagged for a run in the bottom of the second by Seneca as Trevor Holthaus reached on a infield hit and two batters later Trenton Schmitz drew a walk and during his at bat three pitches were off throws getting away allowing Holthaus to move around the base pads and ultimately score. Silver Lake answered with a run in the top of the third with an RBI single by Cale Adams to tie the game. The lead then was seized by Silver Lake in the fourth on a RBI single by Ryan Osterhaus to make it 2-1 Silver Lake after four innings. Silver Lake got to Leonard a bit more in the fifth using three hits, a groundout and walk to score four runs and chase Leonard out of the game. Highlighting the fifth was a pair of RBI doubles by Adams and Josh Boyd for Silver Lake. Seneca scratched a run across in the sixth after Noe Gauna hit a double and ultimately scored on a sac fly by Mitchell Henry but in the top of the seventh Silver Lake pushed two across and secured the 8-2 win despite an attempt at a rally in the seventh by Seneca. 

Byrne was spectacular in the contest earning the win for Silver Lake going seven innings giving up two runs on three hits and one walk, while striking out 14 earning him McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA. At the plate Trent Byers, Adams, Will Boyd and Osterhaus each had a two-hit game for Silver Lake. In the loss Seneca was led by Gauna who went 2-4 with a double and run scored, while Leonard tossed four and one-third innings of solid baseball giving up six runs on six hits, three walks and hit batter while striking out five. 

Game two saw Silver Lake jump in front early and take control in the bottom of the second inning as they batted around scoring six runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter with a two RBI single by Wyatt Heiman and Byers highlighting the inning. Silver Lake set nine to the plate in the third inning and added to the lead scoring three more runs, while Seneca got their lone run of the contest on an RBI triple from Henry in the bottom of the third making it 9-1. In the top of the fifth Silver Lake tacked on four more runs including a two RBI double by Byers and while Seneca got a few run base runners in the bottom of the fifth Silver Lake tallied the 13-1 win and doubleheader sweep. 

Silver Lake again pounded out 11 hits in game two of the doubleheader and was led by Byers who was 3-3 with a double, walk, two runs scored and four RBI, while Cody Hay went 2-3. Seneca in the loss got hits from Henry, Austin Ahlquist and Chris Lewis in the contest. 

The wins move Silver Lake to 15-1 on the season as they remain unbeaten in NEKL West Division play and Seneca fell to 4-10 on the season. 


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