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Hiawatha's Big Win Sends Them to Zone Tournament Title Game against Doniphan County
By Brandon Tadtman

The 2022 Kansas American Legion Baseball Zone 1AA Tournament continued on Tuesday night in Wathena. 

Game 1: Seneca 10, Marysville 8

This game had multiple lead changes with Seneca having to rally on multiple occasions to get the win. 

Seneca jumped out to the early 2-1 lead after the first inning but Marysville plated five in the third inning to take a 6-2 lead. 

Seneca would slowly chip away at the deficit the next few innings as they scored one in the third, two in the fourth and two more in the fifth. 

Trailing 7-6 to begin the sixth, Marysville scored two runs to retake the lead as Payton LeDuc came through with a 2-RBI single to give them an 8-7 lead. 

Seneca responded in the bottom of the sixth with three runs with Jaden Thomas coming through with a 2-RBI double which proved to be the game winning hit. Cooper Scott would follow Thomas with an RBI single to add a two run cushion going into the last inning. 

John Strathman gave up a one out single in the seventh to Marysville but was able to shut the door and preserve the win for Seneca. Strathman pitched all seven innings and piled up eight strikeouts in the win. 

Thomas finished 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's while Cooper Kramer reached base three times and scored three runs. 

Marysville was led by LeDuc who finished 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's. 

Game 2: Hiawatha 25, Seneca 2

With the win over Marysville, Seneca advanced to the nightcap to face Hiawatha to determine who would meet up with Doniphan County in the Championship Game on Wednesday night. 

This game got out of hand early as the Seneca pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone. 

Hiawatha would score seven runs in the first inning on just two hits. There were six walks and two hit batters in the first inning. Ty Willich and Alex Rockey added RBI singles for Hiawatha. 

It carried over into the second inning as Hiawatha would add 11 more runs on just three hits and led 18-1 after two innings. 

Hiawatha would add three more in the third and four more in the fifth as the game was called in the fifth due to the run rule. 

Hiawatha finished with 25 runs on 10 hits. Willich reached base five times with four of those plate appearances being hit by a pitch. 

Ashton Rockey reached base four times and added a 2-RBI double in the fifth inning. 

Garrett Huerter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that scored Seneca's first run while Jonah Deters added an RBI groundout in the fifth. 

Hiawatha advances to the Zone Tournament Title Game on Wednesday night against top-seed Doniphan County. DC beat Hiawatha 16-9 on Monday night in the tournament. 

Hiawatha will need to beat Doniphan County twice to advance to the State Tournament next week in Topeka. 


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