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Northeast Kansas League Summer Baseball Update - June 8
By Jonny Kane
Copyright: MSC Sports

2020 NEKL Summer Baseball – Standings

McDonald’s Player of the Game Award – Winners

The Northeast Kansas League Summer baseball season continued over the weekend for most area teams while some area teams saw their first action of the year.

Below you can find a recap of games since Saturday.

Saturday, June 6

In the opening games of the 2020 season for Valley Falls and Doniphan County each team picked up a win with Valley Falls taking game one 6-2 while D.C. won the second 10-3.

Game one was our featured game on 103.9 KNZA and saw the River Bandits jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Avery Gatzemeyer.

That lead held until the fifth inning when the River Bandits took control plating four runs on RBI singles by Cooper Jepson, Denton Elias and Cade Norris.

Gage Burdiek and Brennen Miller pitched the first four innings for Valley Falls allowing just five total hits while striking out seven while Gatzemeyer threw the final three innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five.

Gatzemeyer was named our McDonald’s Player of the Game on KNZA as he finished with two RBI while Jepson added two more.

The two Doniphan County runs came in the seventh as Charlie Grable, Braden Chalfant and Bray Davies each recorded multiple hits.

In game two Doniphan County jumped out to an early 7-0 lead scoring five runs in the first inning on a pair of sacrifice flyouts and RBI singles from Alex and Jack Libel.

D.C. took complete control on a two-run double by Gavin Fuemmeler in the second while Jack Libel and Braden Chalfant added a pair of RBI singles in the third before Alex Libel finished the scoring with a run scoring single in the fourth.

Davis and Alex Libel each collected two hits for Doniphan County while Fuemmeler recorded three RBI.

Sunday, June 7

Sabetha and Topeka split

The Senators and Raptors split a doubleheader with Topeka winning game one by a field goal 18-15 and Sabetha winning game two 6-5 behind a complete game pitching performance by Darin Funk. 

In game one the Senators jumped out to a quick 12-2 lead after 2.5 innings by scoring five runs in the top of the second and seven runs in the third off four Sabetha errors and seven free passes.

The Raptors answered by scoring five runs in the bottom of the third and eventually took a 14-13 in the bottom of the fourth.

The Senators scored five runs in the sixth and after the Raptors scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, the Senators finished the scoring by tallying a run in the seventh for the 18-15 win. 

Sabetha out hit the Senators 17-12 as Marcus Bauman, Shane Frey & Matt Wittaker recorded three hits and Wittaker added three RBI and a pair of runs to his stat line. Frey also scored three runs and added a pair of walks, a double & triple as he reached base in all five of his at-bats.

In game two Darin Funk scattered 10 hits and allowed just a pair of earned runs in Sabetha's 6-5 game two win. 

 Funk also had a pair of hits in the 5-inning contest.  

Corning takes two from Marysville

From start to finish Corning scored early and often in a sweep of Marysville winning game one 14-6 and the second 12-2.

In game one Corning scored six runs in the first two innings and led 6-3 before Marysville tied it in the fourth with three more runs.

Corning took the lead back in the fourth with one run and put the game away with a 7-run fifth.

Kamble Haverkamp finished with five RBI and two hits while Zach Fischer, Quinn Buessing, Cooper Deters and Corbin Becker added two hits each.

Fischer struggled early on the mound for Corning allowing four runs in 3.2 innings while Trenton Talley threw the final 1.1 allowing just one hit.

In game two Marysville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second before Corning scored five runs in the bottom of the inning and five more in the third.

Corning finished the game early scoring two runs in the fourth as Kamble Haverkamp led the way with three RBI.

Corbin Becker, Treydon Talley and Cooper Deters each added two more RBI while Haverkamp threw all four innings allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out six.

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