Class 1A District Baseball – Eagles flying high
BANCROFT – Class 1A No. 3 North Sentral Kossuth held up the tradition at Meyer Memorial Field in Bancroft with a 15-0, four-inning victory over Graettinger/Terril in Thursday’s district final.
The Eagles displayed strong pitching, not giving up a single hit to the Knights, while torching the visitors with 15 hits.
“NSK is a great ball club and hopefully they’ll have a long run into the tournament,” said G/T coach Jared Cecil. “We didn’t play our best, but we lost to a very good opponent.”
The Knights had only three baserunners-the first was Tyler Leiting getting hit by a pitch with two outs by Eagle ace Aaron Siefken.
Leiting took second on a passed ball, but G/T was done when Dalton Perrin grounded out to first base.
The Eagles started the scoring with a leadoff walk by Phil Maze. He stole second and scored on a single by Aaron Siefken. A Knight error allowed Siefken to go to third on the play. A bloop single by Nick Larson gave NSK a 2-0 lead.
G/T starter Tyler Leiting struck out Brock Beadle to end the inning.
In the second inning, Dalton Park drew a leadoff walk, but then was picked off by Siefken. The Eagle left-hander then struck out the next two batters.
While the Knights had the big second inning against Armstrong-Ringsted on Tuesday, Thursday it was all Eagles.
NSK started with a one-out single followed by a double. G/T got the second out with Cody Dyhrkopp making a grab in deep center field.
However, the Eagles then had six hits along with two walks to end with nine runs in the inning.
The Knights also had four errors in the inning.
To the top of the third inning, G/T went down in order on a pair of strikeouts and a pop up.
The Eagles only scored one run in the third, a leadoff home run by Siefken over the right field fence.
With runners at second and third, the Knights came up with a double play when Brett Beadle hit a grounder back to Dyhrkopp on the mound. Dyhrkopp looked back Shawn McGuire at third and then threw to first for the out. First baseman Mitch Girres threw to catcher Perrin, who made the tag.
The Knights final baserunner was Perrin in the top of the fourth, who drew a two-out walk against reliever Griffin Hatten. But Hatten struck out Park to get out of the inning.
NSK substituted at the plate in the bottom of the inning, but came up with three runs on three hits to end the game.
Leiting took the loss as he gave up nine hits and three walks while striking out two batters in 1 2/3 innings.
Dyhrkopp closed out the game, giving up six hits and one walk.
Siefken earned the win, pitching three innings, giving up no hits with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter. Hatten had three strikeouts and one walk in his inning.
G/T says farewell to two seniors who played in their final game-Dalton Perrin and Tyler Leiting.
“They’ll both be missed a lot,” said Cecil. “They have talent and good attitudes. It’s been a pleasure to coach both of them.
The Knights finish with an 8-16 record.
“Of the 11 players that finished the season, I couldn’t ask for better people to work with,” said Cecil.
G/T000 0 – 0 0 7
NSK291 3 – 15 15 0
G/T – Leiting (LP), Dyhrkopp (2) and Perrin. NSK – Siefken (WP), Hatten (4) and Rock. 2B – NSK: Rock, Pedersen, Hatten. 3B – NSK: Siefken. HR – NSK: Siefken.