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Northeast Kansas League Summer Baseball Update - June 25
By Jonny Kane
Copyright: MSC Sports

2020 NEKL Summer Baseball – Standings

McDonald’s Player of the Game Award – Winners

The 2020 Northeast Kansas Summer Baseball season continued Wednesday with three area teams in action.

Below you can find the complete recap of games from Wednesday.

Sabetha takes two from Hiawatha

In a pair of close one-run games Sabetha was able to squeak out a pair of wins over Hiawatha at home by scores of 4-3 and 3-2.

In game one on 103.9 KNZA Sabetha jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third inning with the big blow being a Braden Argabright two-run double.

That 3-0 score held until the top of the seventh when Hiawatha took advantage of four walks and three wild pitches to tie the game.

Then in the bottom of the seventh Sabetha got a one-out triple from Marcus Baumann, before a pair of intentional walks loaded the bases setting up a walk-off sacrifice fly by Josh Herrman.

Tristan Wittwer was named our McDonald’s Player of the Game on KNZA after he was on base twice while on the mound struck out nine and allowed just three hits.

Braden Argabright led the Raptor’s offense with two hits and an RBI, while Hiawatha had just three hits in the game with two of them coming from Andrew Lierz.

In game two despite being outhit 7-3, Sabetha used walks and wild pitches to claim a 3-2 victory.

Sabetha led 3-0 after three innings on a second inning bases loaded walk and a pair of third inning runs on wild pitches. 

Hiawatha chipped away by scoring a run in the fourth and another in the fifth with DJ Sample recording a pair of hits.

Darrin Funk scattered seven hits with only one free pass in a 5-inning complete game.  This was Funk's fourth complete game and third win of the year. 

Valley Falls splits doubleheader with Topeka

In a pair of offensive showcases Valley Falls and Topeka split a doubleheader with Topeka taking game one 16-12 while the River Bandits claimed game two 17-5.

In game one Topeka scored five quick runs in the top of the first inning, but Valley Falls countered with four runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to lead 6-5 after two.

Topeka then took advantage of five errors and 14 walks to score six more runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take complete control.

Valley Falls tried to rally with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings thanks to 11 walks, but could not get anything more going.

 Trenton Kraxner and Avery Gatzemeyer each collected two hits in the loss for Valley Falls while Logan Martens racked up four RBI.

In game two it was all River Bandits from the start as Valley Falls scored seven runs in the first inning with the big blow being a grand slam by Jackson Reich.

Valley Falls then put the game away for good with 10 runs in the third on three hits, two errors and a hit batsmen.

The River Bandits finished with 11 hits in the contest with two each from Mason Allen and Brennen Miller while Allen, Martens, Denten Elias and Cade Norris each collected two RBI.

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