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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - July 17
By Jonny Kane
Copyright: MSC Sports

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 (at Wathena), AA Zone (at Russell), AAA Zone (at Topeka)

The AA Zone Tournament from Wathena continued Tuesday night with an elimination game and a winner’s bracket game.

Sabetha kept its tournament hopes alive with a 14-3 win over Seneca, while Silver Lake advanced to the zone tournament championship Thursday with a 9-2 win over Doniphan County.

Sabetha Survives Elimination Knocking Out Seneca

Despite playing on back-to-back nights the Sabetha Raptors had no problems keeping their zone tournament hopes alive, scoring nine runs in the seventh inning to knock out Seneca by a final of 14-3.

Sabetha wasted no time jumping out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, thanks in part to three walks and an error. Braden Argabright delivered an RBI-single in the first inning, while the run in the second came on an error.

Seneca tied the game up a two with a pair of runs in the third inning, as Mitchell Henry blasted a two-run home run with two outs.

The tie didn’t last long though as Sabetha plated two runs in the fourth inning on two errors. Brett Stallbaumer led off the inning reaching on a Seneca miscue, then stole second and scored on a Mason Spellmeier sacrifice fly. Kamden Brownlee then reached on another error, and came around to score on an RBI-single from Blake Frey.

The 4-2 lead for Sabetha held until the sixth where the Raptors tacked on one more run on a Riley Herrmann RBI-double, before putting the game out of reach for good with nine runs in the seventh.

All nine batters scored runs for Sabetha in the seventh, as Herrmann, Blake Frey, Joe Gruber, Brett Stalbaumer, Mason Spellmeier and Ryan Stapleton each collected RBIs.

Seneca did get a run back in seventh, but their season ultimately came to an end as they finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 9-19.

Brayden Becker was named the McDonald’s “Player of the Game” on KNZA, as he was the winning pitcher tossing 6.1 innings allowing just three runs on four hits while striking out 10. Sabetha now advances in the elimination bracket to take on Corning in the first game of the night tonight at 6:00.

Silver Lake Uses Big Seventh Inning to Take Down Doniphan County

Just like game number one Tuesday night game two saw Silver Lake jump out to an early lead and then tack on late as they advanced to the zone tournament championship Thursday night with a 9-2 win over Doniphan County.

Neither team could get anything going early as the contest remained scoreless through the first two innings.

Silver Lake finally broke through in the third inning with a pair of runs, as Tyler Blaylock delivered an RBI-single after a double from Cale Adams and a walk from Josh Boyd.

Post 160 tacked on another run in the fifth to lead 3-0, after Will Boyd singled in Cale Adams.

Doniphan County then came right back and pulled within one run on RBIs from Brody Winder and Levi Watts, but Silver Lake put the game out of reach with six runs in the seventh.

Tyler Blaylock and Wyatt Heiman each collected RBIs in the inning, as Silver Lake took advantage of three walks and four hits.

With the loss Doniphan County is now in the loser’s bracket of the tournament Wednesday night, as they will take on the winner of Sabetha and Corning tonight at 8:00 on KNZA.

Cale Adams of Silver Lake was the player of the game on 103.9 KNZA, as he tossed six innings allowing just two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts while also going 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored.

Silver Lake moves on to the zone championship game Thursday night, which is scheduled for 7:00 from Wathena.

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