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NEKL Legion Baseball Recap - June 12th
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

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A pair of Northeast Kansas League doubleheaders and one non-league showdown highlighted Tuesday night in legion baseball action. 

Hiawatha hosted Leavenworth and earned their first win of the season by winning game one 9-2 but Leavenworth got the split with a 7-2 game two victory. Marysville picked up two wins on the road topping Seneca 8-5 and 8-1. While in non-league action Sabetha earned a dominate 9-0 win. 

Hiawatha & Leavenworth Split League Twinbill
Looking for their first win of the season Hiawatha hosted Leavenworth on Tuesday as the teams were playing for the second time this season with Leavenworth winning the previous doubleheader back at the beginning of the season. This time it was a split between the two squads as Hiawatha took game one 9-2 and Leavenworth won game two 7-2. 

Leavenworth looked like they were primed for the early lead getting a runner on via error and than an infield single to open the game but a spectacular diving catch in center by Brode Jones and then a heads up double play got Hiawatha out of the inning without giving up a run. In the bottom of the first Hiawatha took advantage of a Leavenworth error as they followed it with two singles and Hunter Pavlish had the RBI single to make it 1-0 Hiawatha. In the top of the second Leavenworth tied the game at 1-1 using a hit, walk and error to tally a run. Hiawatha had an answer in the bottom second as Gabe Corbett led the inning off with a triple and then Gavin Lierz brought him in on an RBI single and ultimately scored, also making it 3-1. The lead grew for Hiawatha in the fourth as they batted around plating five runs on five hits, a walk and hit batter with a two RBI double Cody White highlighting the inning. Leavenworth got a run in the top of the fifth but Hiawatha answered in the bottom of the fifth inning making it 9-2. At that point some confusion surfaced on the field about the score and the umpires questioned the score with someone keeping the book in the stands and they said it was 9-1 which would indicate a run-rule in bottom of the fifth and the game was called. However the score was indeed 9-2 but did still stand as a win for Hiawatha. 

Hiawatha produced 11 hits on the way to the win scoring their most runs of the season and had a trio of plays with a multi-hit game. Corbett went 2-3 with a triple, run scored and RBI and earned McDonald's "Player of the Game" on KNZA radio, while Andrew Lierz went 2-4 with two runs scored and Jace Grubb was 2-2 with a walk, RBI and run scored. Michael Moreno was strong on the mound tossing five innings giving up just two runs on five hits and one walk. Leavenworth in the loss managed only five hits, while their starter Patrick Lewellen went three plus innings giving up six of the nine runs in the contest. 

Game two saw Leavenworth take the early lead scoring a run in the first inning and added another in the second to lead 2-0 when Gavin Lierz had an RBI single for Hiawatha to make it 2-1 after two innings. In the top of the third Leavenworth used two walks, two hits and an error to score four runs and extend their lead; Hiawatha managed a run in the bottom of the third but trailed 6-2 after three. Leavenworth worked the bases loaded in the fourth on two walks and a hit batter and scratched another run across and stymied Hiawatha's bats the rest of the contest to earn the 7-2 game two win. 

Haye Edwards tossed four and one-third innings to earn the win for Leavenworth giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while scoring two runs and registering an RBI in the contest. Kelli Boose drew three walks with two runs scored and Tanner Morris was 2-3 with a run scored and RBI to lead Leavenworth offense. Hiawatha bats went quiet in game two with only four hits in the contest. 

The split moved Hiawatha to 1-6 on the season and puts Leavenworth at 6-6 on the year. 

Marysville Sweeps Seneca On the Road in League Play
Marysville stretched their win streak to five straight games after taking two on the road on Tuesday night topping Seneca 8-5 and 8-1. 

Game one saw Marysville build a lead throughout the contest as they plated a single run in the second, third and fifth innings, along with a two run fourth to lead 5-0 before Seneca got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth Seneca tallied a pair of runs but Marysville answered with three in the seventh and Seneca tried to continue their late comeback attempt by scoring three themselves in the bottom of the seventh on a three-run homer by Mitchell Henry, but Marysville held them off for the 8-5 win. Jonny Crome led the way for Marysville picking up the win on the mound giving up five runs on seven hits in seven innings and went 3-3 at the plate. Seneca was led by Mitchell Henry who went 4-4, while Derek Uphaus took the loss tossing four innings. 

Game two saw Marysville once again scored throughout the contest tallying runs in all five innings on the way to the win. After posting a run in the first and second innings it was two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to help guide Marysville past Seneca 8-1 in game two. Seneca got their lone run in the bottom of the fifth but managed only two hits in the game. Storm Slupianek earned the win in five innings giving up just one run on two hits for Marysville. Seneca struggled offensively squandering a few scoring opportunities in the contest. 

The wins move Marysville to 9-2 on the season, while Seneca fell to 4-8 on the year. 

Sabetha Dominates Falls City in Non-League Showdown
Sabetha rolled to the win in non-league contest at home against Falls City claiming their eighth win of the season by a 9-0 decision

Brett Stallbaumer pitched five innings of shutout baseball and knocked in a pair of runs to lead Sabetha past Falls City. The Raptors put up crooked numbers in the first three innings to score their nine runs. Brandon Brownlee and Seth Burdick each recorded two hits and Burdick drove in four runs. Blake Frey was on base all three of his at bats including a RBI triple in the first inning.

The win moves Sabetha to 8-4 on the season. 


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