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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 28th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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

A trio of Northeast Kansas League legion baseball doubleheaders highlighted a warm Thursday night and it was splits all around as all three doubleheaders saw each team pick up a win on the evening. 

Hiawatha and Oskaloosa battled in a pair of one-run games with Hiawatha winning 1-0 in walk-off fashion in game one, while game two went extra innings and Oskaloosa snagged the 4-3 win. Silver Lake and Sabetha traded wins on the evening as Silver Lake controlled game one for the 8-0 win, while Sabetha controlled the second game for the 6-0 victory. In Leavenworth the host Leavenworth picked up a 5-4 win in the bottom of the seventh in game one over Doniphan County but Doniphan County bounced back with the 9-2 win in game two. 

Hiawatha & Oskaloosa Split Pair of One-Run Contests
Both teams have struggled offensive this season and while those struggles continued on Thursday both Hiawatha and Oskaloosa found the win column against each other by taking advantage of miscues by each other. Hiawatha won in walk-off fashion 1-0 in game one, while Oskaloosa earned a 4-3 extra inning (six) game two win. 

Game one was a pitcher's duel with Michael Moreno on the mound for Hiawatha, while Hunter Reed and Dominik Novotney each pitched for Oskaloosa. Oskaloosa looked primed to take the early lead getting a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs on an error and single but a short fly ball out to right field, a pop up to the first baseman and a strikeout got Hiawatha out of the inning without a run being scored. Oskaloosa threatened again in the second and tired a squeeze play but the runner was tagged out at home after the batter failed to lay the bunt down. Oskaloosa was sat down in order by Moreno in the third through sixth innings, while Hiawatha had only four base runners over the first six innings and none of them even reach second base. With the game still scoreless in the bottom of the seventh Hiawatha saw Jace Grubb open the inning with a double and Alan Simpson pinch ran for him and when a failed pickoff made its way into centerfield Simpson advance to third and then home to score the winning run off the error giving Hiawatha the 1-0 win. 

Moreno was spectacular on the mound for Hiawatha picking up the win tossing seven innings of scoreless action giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out six and also went 1-2 at the plate earning him McDonald's "Player of the Game" on KNZA. Grubb led the offense going 2-3 with a double. Oskaloosa in the loss got three strong innings from Hunter Reed as the starter and Novotney tossed the final four innings pitching well, also. 

The offensive struggled continued for both teams in game two but unlike game one Oskaloosa took advantage of their early scoring opportunity this time. In the top of the first using an error, single, hit batter and wild pitch Oskaloosa tallied a run to take the 1-0 lead. A pair of hits, two walks and a hit batter in the fourth pushed in two more runs for Oskaloosa to lead 3-1, as Hiawatha got their first run in the third. The bottom of the fourth inning Hunter Pavlish smashed a ball over the left center fence for a solo home run to cut the Oskaloosa lead to one. In the fifth Oskaloosa went scoreless in the top half of the inning and Hiawatha opened the bottom of the fifth with a runner reaching safely because of an error and another error during the play allowed Gabe Corbett to round the bases and tie the game at 3-3. It remained tied and went to extra innings and in the top of the sixth Oskaloosa scratched a run across with a double by Eli King highlighting the inning and then shutdown Hiawatha to take the 4-3 win. 

Drew Pickerell and Tyler Lockhart each tossed three innings for Oskaloosa in the win, while King went 2-2 with an RBI and hit by pitch, while Cade Norris was 2-3 with two runs scored. In the loss Cody White tossed all six innings for Hiawatha, while Gavin Lierz was 2-2 with a run scored. 

The split on the evening moves Hiawatha to 6-12 on the season, while Oskaloosa moved to 11-10 on the season. 

Silver Lake & Sabetha Split Twinbill
A battle in the West Division of the Northeast Kansas League saw two games controlled by one team each and ultimately a split of the doubleheader as Silver Lake beat Sabetha 8-0 and Sabetha picked up a 6-0 win. 

Game one was the Cale Adams show as he dominated the contest for Silver Lake tossing a no-hitter and spear headed the offense. Adams spun a no-hitter facing only one over the minimum while fanning eight and went 4-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles leading Silver Lake's 10-hit attack. Silver Lake jumped to an early lead scoring a pair of runs in the first to grab the 2-0 lead and didn't look back. Over the course of the game Silver Lake tallied single runs in the third and fourth before plating four runs on three hits and a walk and three Sabetha errors to finish off the game 8-0. 

It was a flip of the script in the nightcap as Sabetha took a quick 2-0 lead on Blake Frey's two-run triple. Sabetha added four runs in the second after two outs on a two-run single by Brett Stallbaumer and a two-run homer by Riley Herrmann and went on to notch the 6-0 win. Stallbaumer got the win on the mound tossing four innings of three-hit baseball.

The split pushes Silver Lake to 22-2 on the year, while Sabetha moves to 20-7 on the season. Silver Lake also secured the West Division title. 

Doniphan County & Leavenworth Trade Wins
It was a pair of different games on the night in Leavenworth as Doniphan County split with Leavenworth. Game one went to Leavenworth 5-4, while Doniphan County bounced back in game two with a 9-2 win. 

Leavenworth pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one to take the 5-4 win. Zeb Speer was solid in the loss for Doniphan County tossing six innings giving up four runs with only two being earned, while Doniphan County was hurt by a pair of errors. In game two Doniphan County earned the win 9-2 with Levi Watts earning the win on the mound and also tallied a pair of hits. 

The split moves Doniphan County to 13-6 on the season and puts Leavenworth at 7-7 on the year. 

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