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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - Corning & Seneca Split Doubleheader
By Mike Smith
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Seneca and Corning squared off on the diamond on Wednesday in Northeast Kansas League action and at the end of the night it was a split on the evening with Corning taking game one 13-9 on their home field and Seneca snagging game two 5-1. 

In the top of the first Seneca worked the bases loaded and looked to capture the early lead but Corning's Ethan Becker induced a double-play to end the inning and scoring threat. Corning then in the bottom of the first inning got a walk by Trenton Flentie then single by Kamble Haverkamp and field choice's to start their offense and then saw Josh Hasenkamp go yard for the first of his two home runs in the contest, blasting a three-run shot to give Corning the 3-0 lead. Flentie extended the lead in the second with an RBI single for Corning making it 4-0. Seneca worked the game tied in the top of the third as a walk and hit batter got two on for Noe Gauna who then hit a three-run homer and later in the inning Derek Uphaus tied the game with an RBI single. Corning quickly took the lead back in the bottom of the third as Evan Slater opened the inning with a single and using a pair of throwing errors by Seneca he ultimately came into score and make it 5-4 after three innings. 

In the fourth Flentie blasted a solo homer and Hasenkamp went deep for a two-run shot to add three runs on the board for Corning and then a two RBI double by Quinn Buessing in the fifth made it 10-4 and the largest lead of the contest. Seneca with two hits, two hit batters, a walk and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half scoring three in the top of the sixth but Corning had answer with a three-run bottom of the sixth to make it a six run game once more. With two outs in the seventh Seneca didn't go away getting back-to-back solo home runs by Mitchell Henry and Trevor Holthaus and then two more base runners but Corning shut the door to secure the 13-9 win and end a 14-game losing streak to Seneca. 

Hasenkamp helped led a 14-hit attack for Corning going 3-4 with a two-run and three-run homer in the contest and was selected as McDonald's "Player of the Game" on KNZA. Flentie added a 3-3 day at the plate with a walk, hit by pitch, three runs scored and two RBI, while Haverkamp went 3-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI. Seneca in the loss had Gauna go 2-4 with a three-run homer, while Uphaus was 2-3 with a walk.

Game two didn't feature nearly as much as offense as the first game of the night but it had enough offense for Seneca to earn the 5-1 win. Behind a pair of errors and solid base running Seneca got a run in the first inning and then scored three more in the second with a two RBI single by Gauna highlighting the frame. Corning got their first hit of game two in the bottom of the second when Slater hit a solo home run and made it a 4-1 Seneca lead. A pair of walks and two hit batters in the third helped Seneca add another run and the contest remained 5-1 on the way to the end for Seneca to earn the win. 

Uphaus tossed all five innings for the win for Seneca giving up just one run on two-hits and no walks and struckout eight, while Gauna led the offense going 1-3 with a reach on an error, run scored and two RBI. Landen Baker, Andrew Leonard and Austin Ahlquist each had hits for Seneca also. Slater and Noah Quigley were the only Corning batters to record hits which proved to be the only base runners of the game for Corning. 

The split moved Corning to 1-3 on the season, while Seneca moved to 4-4 on the year. 

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