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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - July 6 - July 8
By Jonny Kane and Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports
Sabetha's Kyle Grimm

2018 Northeast Kansas Legion Baseball Standings – click here.

2018 KNZA “McDonalds Player of the Game” selections – click here.

2018 KNZA 103.9 FM Legion Baseball Broadcast Schedule – click here.

2018 Legion Baseball Zone Tournament Bracket – AA Zone.

The legion baseball season continued Friday night and over the weekend as zone tournament action approaches next weekend and the wins continued to pile up for Sabetha while a couple teams picked up forfeit wins as well.

Sabetha Sweeps Oskaloosa on the Road

The Sabetha Raptors continued to pile on the wins Friday night sweeping Oskaloosa on the road taking game one 12-0 and the second 8-0.

Despite the final score game one was much closer than the score indicated as Sabetha starter Blake Frey and Oskaloosa starter Jared Miller were locked up in a pitchers dual early.

Sabetha was able to take the initial lead with a run in the second inning as Blake Frey walked and eventually came around to score on a Riley Herrmann sacrifice fly. The Raptors were able to tack on another run in the third as Braden Argabright led off the inning reaching by an error before Brandon Brownlee singled him in as Sabetha led just 2-0 after five innings.

The Raptors were then able to capitalize on three hits and two walks to score two more runs in the sixth before the flood gates opened in the seventh.

Sabetha scored eight runs in the seventh on four hits, two walks, three hit-by-pitches and two home runs. Brandon Brownlee led off the offensive explosion with a solo blast, before Braden Argabright capped off the scoring in the inning with a grand slam as eight different batters scored runs.

Blake Frey was phenomenal on the mound and at the plate in game one earning “McDonalds Player of the Game” on 103.9 KNZA, as the righty threw a complete game shutout allowing just six hits and three walks while striking out four. He also finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a single, double, two walks and three runs scored, while Riley Herrmann added three RBI’s as well.

Unlike the first game where both teams struggled to score early the second game was all Sabetha from the start. The Raptors plated five runs in the second inning thanks to two walks, a hit-by-pitch, three errors and two hits.

From there Sabetha plated runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings while Joe Gruber and Kyle Grimm combined on the mound to allow just two hits, one walk and nine strikeouts in the five inning win.

Offensively Kamden Brownlee led the charge going 2-for-2 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored, while Blake Frey was also 2-for-3 with a double.

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Sabetha Cruises Past Seneca Sweeping Doubleheader

Sabetha put together a pair of dominating performances against Seneca extending their win streak in the series to seven straight with a pair of 10-0 four inning victories.

After Brayden Becker set Seneca down in order by striking out the side in the top of the first inning Sabetha then got the scoring going in the bottom of the first by plating three runs on four hits and two walks. A RBI double by Brandon Brownlee and Joe Gruber each highlighted the three run inning. Five walks and an RBI single by Kyle Grimm added to the Sabetha lead as they scored four in the second to make it 7-0 after two innings. Two more runs in the third made it 9-0 and in the bottom of the fourth a error brought in the final for Sabetha to finish the game 10-0 in four innings.

Becker controlled the game on the mound tossing four innings of no-hit baseball giving up only two walks and struckout 10. At the plate Riley Hermann led Sabetha going 2-2 with three runs scored and a walk, while Braden Argabright was 2-2 with two runs scored with a pair of doubles with an RBI. Seneca had just two base runners both via walk as Mitchell Henry and Luke Reitz drew walks.

Game two was much of the same for Sabetha as they cruised to another 10-0 four inning winning and Seneca struggled at the plate. In the bottom of the first Sabetha scored six runs using three hits, two walks, two hit batters and an error to take the early lead with a RBI double by Brownlee and two RBI double by Grimm highlighting the inning. Seneca lead the second inning off with a double by Trevor Holthaus but stranded him at third and Sabetha tacked on a run in the bottom of the second and then three more in the third as Grimm had a two RBI double. In the top of the fourth Seneca needed a run and got the leadoff man on via an error and managed to get him to third but he remained there and Sabetha shut the door to earn the 10-0 four inning win.

Argabright was strong on the mound tossing four innings of action giving up just two hits and no walks, while striking out three for the win. Grimm led the offense going 2-3 with four RBI, double and reached on an error earning McDonald’s “Player of the Game.” Seneca got their two hits from Dalton Huerter and Holthaus.

The wins moved Sabetha to 25-9 on the season, while Seneca fell to 7-17 on the year.

Oskaloosa Sweeps Oak Park

Oskaloosa bounced back after two losses to Sabetha on Friday with a sweep of Oak Park Sunday in a pair of non-league games winning 14-3 and 6-2.

The River Bandits used a six-run fourth inning to take control in game one after Oak Park struck first with a run in the first inning, and from there scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Hunter Reed, Cade Norris and Dominik Novotney each collected three hits and two RBI’s in the win, while Drew Pickerell tossed four innings striking out five.

Just like game one Oskaloosa had to come from behind after trailing 2-0 after the first inning, but the River Bandits were never fazed scoring two runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth to finish off the sweep.

Oskaloosa took advantage of three Oak Park errors in game two, while Cooper Jepson picked up three RBI’s. Dominik Novotney also pitched effectively in game two tossing four innings allowing just two runs while striking out five.

The two wins improved Oskaloosa’s record to 13-16 on the season, while their NEKL record sits at an even 8-8.

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