Hickman Juniors end season at districts:

Titans had played in last three Class B state championships

By Cody Nagel, The Voice News - June 20, 2017

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Catcher Hayden DeBoer applies a tag for the Norris Juniors as Sam Brown (10) backs up the play.

HICKMAN – The Hickman American Legion Post 105 Juniors were eliminated from the B-4 District Tourney last week after advancing one win short of the championship game. The team completed the season with a 15-13 record.

 

Hickman Juniors 9, Waverly 2

The Post 105 Juniors scored at least one run in five of the six innings in which they batted during a 9-2 win against Waverly in the semifinals of the district tournament on July 10.

 

Post 105 scored its first run of the game in the first inning. With one out and a runner on second, Grant Gouldin hit an RBI single to center field.

 

Waverly went three up and three down in the top of the second inning, with each out coming by way of a ground out. Post 105 pitcher Gavin Dowding threw just four pitches in the half inning.

 

Post 105 scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.

 

After a leadoff walk and a double, a sacrifice fly to center field by Noah Van Brocklin scored Grant Papenhagen from third. Post 105’s third run was scored on a defensive error by the Waverly first baseman.

 

Post 105 added another run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead, before Waverly finally got on the board in the top of the fifth inning.

 

The first Waverly batter in the fifth inning flew out to center field. Waverly then loaded the bases with back-to-back walks followed by a single. Another walk forced in a run to make the score 4-1. The next batter for Waverly hit into a fielder’s-choice double play, however, a run crossed home plate before the third out of the inning was recorded.

 

Post 105 answered in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runs of its own to take a 6-2 lead.

 

With two outs in the sixth inning, Post 105 scored its final three runs of the game to win 9-2.

 

Post 105 finished with 12 hits, compared to just five for Waverly. Both teams recorded two errors.

 

Dowding pitched 6.0 innings for Post 105, allowing two runs on five hits and seven walks, while striking out three. Gouldin closed out the game with a perfect, five-pitch seventh inning.

 

Seward 13, Hickman Juniors 10

In a game that saw five different lead changes and a combined 24 hits, Post 105 Juniors fell short in a 13-10 loss against Seward in the district tournament on July 11.

 

Post 105 got on the board first in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to center field. A bases-loaded walk forced in another run, giving Post 105 a 2-0 lead.

 

Seward took the lead in the second inning after scoring three runs. Post 105 had two defensive errors in the inning.

 

The offense of Post 105 bounced back in the top of the third inning after scoring three runs of its own.

 

With runners on second and third, Noah Van Brocklin hit a two-RBI single to center field, scoring Grant Papenhagen and Bailey Spilker.

 

Zane Leyden, the next Post 105 batter, hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Tyler Blair from third.

 

Post 105 led 5-3 after three innings.

 

After a scoreless fourth inning, Seward took its second lead of the game with a five-run fifth inning.

 

The fourth lead change of the game came in the top of the sixth inning after Post 105 scored five runs of its own.

 

With one out and the bases loaded, Aiden Oerter hit a single to left field to score the first run of the inning.

 

Papenhagen hit a two-RBI double to right field to tie the game 8-8. Post 105 scored its fourth run of the inning and took the lead on a wild pitch before scoring its fifth on a sacrifice fly.

 

Down two runs, Seward started the bottom of the sixth inning with a pop out to second base before starting a five-run rally for the game’s fifth lead change.

 

Three-consecutive singles loaded the bases for Seward before back-to-back hit batters forced in two runs.

 

A two-RBI single scored the go-ahead run for Seward. Seward added one more run on a ground out before a fly out ended the inning.

 

In the top of the seventh, Post 105 started with a leadoff walk. A strikeout and a double play ended the potential rally and game for Post 105.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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