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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 22-24th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

2018 Northeast Kansas League Legion Baseball Standings - click here

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2018 Legion Baseball Zone Tournament Assignments - A Zone, AA Zone, AAA Zone

With Zone Tournaments on the horizon in the weeks to come the legion baseball season rolls along with plenty of action for the Northeast Kansas League. 

Back on Friday Doniphan County earned a pair of wins over Oskaloosa 6-0 and 10-3, while Sabetha beat Wymore (NE) 8-1 in non-league play. Hiawatha was also awarded two wins via forfeit over Atchison but in actual game action suffered a pair of close losses to Falls City. While the Silver Lake at Marysville doubleheader was rained out. 

After no games on Saturday, Sunday was a full of action with Seneca and Corning splitting a twinbill as Seneca won 8-2 and Corning picked up a 6-5 win. Silver Lake sweep Marysvile continuing their strong year winning 6-3 and 11-4, while Sabetha topped Doniphan County 7-0. Sabetha was also awarded two forfeit wins over Atchison. 

Doniphan County Sweeps Oskaloosa at Home
Two League wins were picked up at home for Doniphan County as they swept Oskaloosa winning 6-0 and 10-3 on Friday. 

Game one belonged to Zeb Speer as he befuddled Oskaloosa batters for seven innings tossing a no-hitter and only surrendering two runners in the contest. Doniphan County gave Speer some early run support by scoring in the bottom of the first as Clayton Ridout led the inning off with a triple and ultimately Doniphan County scored two runs. Another run came across in the second and fourth innings with a Charlie Grable RBI single highlighting the fourth inning. In the fifth a pair of hits, walk and two RBI groundouts scored two more for Doniphan County and they earned the 6-0 win. 

Speer earned the win tossing the no-hitter and finishing with eight strikeouts and also went 1-2 at the plate with a double and walk earning him McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors on KNZA. Ridout went 2-2 with a triple, walk and two runs scored, while Grable finished 2-3 with an RBI. Oskaloosa's only base runners was a first inning walk by Dawson Gatzemeyer and a reach on a dropped strike three by Avery Gatzemeyer. 

Game two saw early runs for Doniphan County and struggles at the plate for Oskaloosa leading to the Doniphan County sweep. In the bottom of the first Doniphan County sent 11 to the plate and scored six runs on just two hits with six walks in the inning. Brock Blair and Levi Watts each notched RBI singles in the frame. Speer delivered an RBI double in the second for another Doniphan County making it 7-0. Oskaloosa finally got their first hit of the night and run in the third inning of game two as Peyton Hamm recorded the hit in the inning but an error helped score the run in the frame. A two RBI double and RBI double by Brody Winder and Watts highlighted Doniphan County in the third to score three runs and while Oskaloosa got a pair of runs in the fifth the lead proved to be too much and Doniphan County secured the 10-3 win. 

Watts led Doniphan County in the win picking up the win on the mound giving up three runs on five hits, four walks and a hit batter in five innings while striking out eight. Levi added a 3-3 game at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Bradley Libel drew a pair of walks, while Speer was 1-2 with a double, walk, runs scored and RBI. Oskaloosa in the loss got five hits, one from Diego Cervantez, Dominik Novotrey, Avery Gatzemeyer, Cooper Jepsona and Peyton Hamm each. 

The wins moved Doniphan County to 12-4 on the season, while Oskaloosa falls to 10-9 on the year. 

Sabetha Tops Wymore in Non-League Affair
Sabetha picked up another win on the season on Friday night by topping Wymore (NE) at home 8-1. 

The Sabetha duo of Braden Argabright and Kyle Grimm combined to toss a three-hitter leading Sabetha to the win. Argabright pitched the first five innings allowing one run on three hits while fanning five hitters. Grimm pitched the final two innings striking out three hitters. The Raptors were able to parlay their eight runs on only seven hits, but were aided by nine free passes of which four came around to score. Blake Frey had a two-run triple in the first inning to start the scoring, while Sabetha scored a pair of runs in the second to make it a 5-0 game. Wymore scored their only run in the top of the third, but Sabetha answered on a sacrifice fly by Mason Spellmeier. Sabetha rounded out the scoring by scoring two runs in the fourth off one hit and four consecutive walks. Brandon Brownlee and Joe Gruber each help lead the offense both recording a pair of hits in the win.

The win moved Sabetha to 15-5 on the season. 

Hiawatha Falls In Pair of Games at Falls City
With an open date Hiawatha picked up a pair of games with Falls City in non-league action on Friday night and the games proved to be close with Falls City edging Hiawatha 4-2 and 4-3. 

Game one Hiawatha took the lead first with a run in the top of the second but Falls City had an answer in the bottom of the second plating two runs and added another run in the third and sixth innings to lead 4-1 entering the seventh. Hiawatha started to mount a comeback but managed only one run in the seventh as Falls City held them off handing Hiawatha the 4-2 loss. Gabe Corbett, Brode Jones and Cody White each notched two hits in the loss, while Michael Moreno tossed six solid innings of baseball. 

Just like game one Hiawatha took the early lead in game two with a run in the first and second innings and another in the fourth to lead 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth. Falls City put up a three spot in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game and the five inning contest needed a sixth to decide the winner. Falls City delivered in the bottom of the sixth to win the 4-3 extra inning contest. White threw a solid game in the loss for Hiawatha, while the offense struggled with only three hits. 

The two losses to Falls City partnered with two forfeit wins over Atchison moved Hiawatha to 3-11 on the season. 

Silver Lake Continues to Win Taking Two Against Marysville
After Mother Nature washed out the teams doubleheader in Marysville on Friday night two of the Northeast Kansas League's top teams faced off in Silver Lake on Sunday and it was the home continuing their strong season with 6-3 and 11-4 wins. 

Both teams tagged each other for three runs in the first inning of game one and it remained 3-3 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Dillon Byrne notched an RBI double to push Silver Lake in front. Silver Lake added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and Cale Adams shut the door on a pair of scoring opportunities for Marysville late in the contest to preserve the 6-3 win. Adams earned the save in the contest tossing the final two innings and had a two run home run, while Jake Lindstrom tossed the first five and picked up the win striking out six. Trent Byers and Mitchell Flanagan each recorded two hits for Silver Lake, while Brennen Wetter tallied a pair of hits for Marysville. 

Game two featured early offense just like game one but it was the bottom of the second inning that decided the game. Marysville took the initial lead by plating two runs in the top of the first on a Hunter Warnick two run home run. Silver Lake answered with a run in the bottom of the first but Marysville matched that with a run in the second to lead 3-1 entering the bottom of the second. In the bottom of the second Silver Lake capitalized on multiple errors to score nine runs and take control of the contest. Each team scored another run in the game but Silver Lake took the game 11-4. Byrne earned the win on the mound for Silver Lake, while Flanagan had another two hit game with two RBI's and Wyatt Heiman notched a two hit contest. Marysville in the loss registered only three hits in the matchup. 

The two wins pushes Silver Lake to 21-1 on the season, while Marysville falls to 12-5 on the year. 

Sabetha Grabs Win Over Doniphan County
Looking for some action Sabetha and Doniphan County added a contest to the schedule against each other on Sunday in just one battle on the diamond and Sabetha earned the 7-0 win. 

Joe Gruber stymied Doniphan County for the second consecutive Sunday as he pitched six innings in Sabetha's victory allowing only four hits while striking out six. Mason Spellmeier pitched the final inning fanning two. It was also marked Sabetha's third game out of the last four where their pitchers did not allow a free pass.

Sabetha scored three runs in the second on three hits, an error and a sacrifice fly. Blake Frey opened the inning with a double and scored on an error, Riley Herrmann had a run scoring single in the inning and the final run scored on a Kamden Brownlee fly ball. Sabetha tallied a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth on consecutive bases loaded walks. Frey and Herrmann each recorded two hits, while Frey added a pair of runs scored and Herrmann had 2 RBI's.

The win partnered with two forfeit wins over Atchison moves Sabetha to 18-5 on the season, while Doniphan County with the loss moves to 12-5. 

Seneca and Corning Split League Twinbill
Both teams have battled some struggles over the season and battled each other on Sunday as Seneca hosted Corning and the teams played to a split with Seneca taking game one 8-2 and Corning winning game two 6-5. 

After leaving the bases loaded multiple times in the contest early Seneca had Trevor Holthaus deliver a big blow in the sixth with a bases clearing double to take control. Using 14 walks in the contest Seneca added some hits and took the game one win 8-2 over Corning. Derek Uphaus tossed the complete game striking out six and needed only 92 pitches to work to the win. 

Game two saw Seneca tally four runs in the first on three hits, two walks and a sac fly but the lead was threatened in the fourth as Corning loaded the bases loaded. Uphaus entered on the mound looking to stop the scoring threat and he limited Corning to just one run in the top of the fourth coming in with no outs. Corning however scored two runs in the top of the fifth and snagged the 6-5 win for the split. In the loss Austin Ahlquist led Seneca going 2-2 at the plate. 

The split moves Seneca to 7-13 on the season and Corning to 2-10. 

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