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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 5th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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Tuesday marked a busy night in Northeast Kansas League legion baseball action with many teams in action. 

A pair of League doubleheaders headlined the action and both were sweeps on the night as Silver Lake swept Sabetha and Doniphan County earned the win sweep of Hiawatha. Silver Lake picked up two close wins over Sabetha at home 7-6 and 2-1, while Doniphan County won a pair on the road over Hiawatha 4-1 and 9-1. Leavenworth was also credited with two forfeit wins over Atchison which both are League wins. 

Also Marysville and Oskaloosa were both in action in non-league contests and each snagged wins. Marysville topped Fairbury in a high scoring affair 13-9 and Oskaloosa topped Maur Hill 3-1. 

Silver Lake Takes Pair of Tough Contests Over Sabetha
Over the past few contests it has been battles between Silver Lake and Sabetha with the games coming down to late situations to secure the victory. The doubleheader at Silver Lake was no different on Tuesday as Silver Lake earned a pair of close wins 7-6 & 2-1 over Sabetha.

Silver Lake erased an early 1-0 deficit in game one scoring four runs in the second, while a three-run double by Cale Adams leading the charge.  Sabetha scored a run in the third and Silver Lake answered to make the score 5-2. The Raptors were able to finally catch Silver Lake in the top of the sixth on an RBI ground out by Mason Spellmeier and a pinch hit homer by Brayden Becker to knot the score at 5-5. Silver Lake plated a pair for runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-5 lead, while Sabetha was able to score a run in the seventh but just one. Mitch Flanagan earned the win in relief, while Trent Byers tossed a solid five innings as the starter striking out nine and Cale Adams recorded the final two outs for the save and was 2-2 at the plate with three RBI's for Silver Lake. Braden Argabright finished with three hits to lead Sabetha.

Game two featured a great pitching duel and ultimately a walk-off to decide the contest. Mitch Flanagan's walk-off single lifted Silver Lake to the 2-1 victory in the nightcap for the sweep.  Braden Argabright had a solo home run in the first to give Sabetha a 1-0 lead.  Silver Lake scored an unearned run in the second to tie the score and it remained that way until the bottom of the fifth when Silver Lake took the win with the walk-off. Will Boyd was the winner on the mound giving up one run on six hits for Silver Lake, while Brayden Becker was the tough luck losing pitcher for Sabetha giving up only four hits and fanning nine.

The games marked the sixth straight one-run game between the two teams over the last two years. Silver Lake with the wins moved to 7-1 on the season, while Sabetha fell to 5-3 on the year.

Doniphan County Takes Two on Road Over Hiawatha
Season continued with Divisional matchups between Doniphan County and Hiawatha on Tuesday night and Doniphan County picked up a pair of wins on the road 4-1 and 9-1. 

Using solid pitching performances Doniphan County stymied Hiawatha on the night and picked up the pair of wins. In 4-1 victory Brock Blair went the distance tossing all seven innings for the win giving up one unearned run on seven hits and no walks, while striking out four. Offensively Doniphan County was led by Bryson Kirkland and Bradly Libel who each had three hits, while Clayton Ridout recorded two hits and two RBI's. Michael Moreno in the loss for Hiawatha tossed a solid six and two-thirds innings giving up four runs and struckout eight. 

Game two Levi Watts earned the win on the mound for Doniphan County tossing all five innings giving up one unearned run on one hit and one walk and struckout six. Brody Winder and Zeb Speer each notched two hits, while Blake Miller had a hit and two RBI's and Caleb Leichti recorded three RBI's. 

The wins move Doniphan County to 6-2 on the season, while Hiawatha falls to 0-5 on the year. 

Oskaloosa Picks Up Second Win Beating Maur Hill
Oskaloosa took on another non-league foe early in the legion baseball season as they played host to Maur Hill on Tuesday and earned the 3-1 win. 

The early lead was established in the bottom of the first as Oskaloosa tallied their first run of the contest and then added another run in the third to lead 2-0. Both teams scratched a run across in the fifth but Oskaloosa made the best of their five hits to Maur Hill's three to earn the 3-1 win. Cooper Jepson tossed six and one-third innings to earn the win for Oskaloosa striking out seven in his performance. 

Win moves Oskaloosa to 2-3 on the season. 

Marysville Goes Nine Innings With Fairbury and Earns Win
Marysville pounded out some offense to win a high scoring battle on the road and won a nine inning affair 13-9 over Fairbury. 

The offense started early with a two-run homer by Hunter Warnick in the first inning for Marysville to own a 2-0 advantage. Fairbury got their first run in the bottom of the second and it remained 2-1 until the fifth inning. In the fifth Marysville exploded for five runs and then scored two more in the sixth but Fairbury had a five run outburst in the bottom of the sixth and then scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to push the game into extra innings. In the ninth inning a Jayton Haggard RBI double gave Marysville the lead and Marysville went on to ultimately plate four runs in the inning to secure the 13-9 nine inning win over Fairbury. 

Marysville at the plate pounded out 14 hits and Adam Lindhorst led the way going 3-4, while Haggard, Jonny Crome and Storm Slupianek each had a multi-hit game. 

The win moves Marysville to 5-2 on the season. 


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