NEK Teams Zone Tournament Coverage --- July 24th

Postseason play continued last night and started for a few other Northeast Kansas league legion teams. With five Northeast Kansas league teams in action last night, some moved on, but it was also the end of the road for two teams as their seasons came to a close.

In the Zone 4 Tournament it was the loser bracket action with two elimination games. In the first game of the night it was a Northeast Kansas league showdown between Holton and Royal Valley. Royal Valley dictated the game and went on to win it in six innings by a score of 12-4, to stay alive in the zone tournament. In the nightcap in Silver Lake it was Frankfort taking on Rock Creek. Frankfort would win their game in six innings, also taking down Rock Creek 11-3, setting up another matchup between Royal Valley and Frankfort for the second time in the zone tournament (Royal Valley won in the first round 11-4 over Frankfort). The two will play each other tonight at 8:15pm in the nightcap in Silver Lake, while the winner's bracket game will be Silver Lake versus Seneca at 6:00pm which you can hear on 92.1 KMZA this evening.

The Zone 1 Tournament got underway last night and had two Northeast Kansas league teams partaking in the action. Both Hiawatha and Doniphan County hit the diamond for action last night and fell in their first matchup pushing them to the loser's bracket last night were they played each for the right to stay alive in the tournament.

Hiawatha in their first game, took on the host Baldwin and after a scoreless first inning, Baldwin would score every inning on to win 12-5. The three, four and five spot for Baldwin produced four RBI's and scored six of the 12 runs on the night as Cawley, Stark and Burchart each had a multi-hit game; Quick had the best night for Baldwin going 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. For Hiawatha in the loss the offense pounded out 10 hits and had four players have a multi-hit game. Parker Hasenkamp, Tyler Jacobsen, Brendon Steele and Dakota Bayles all had two hits each in the loss.

For Doniphan County in their first game they were down early to the KC Cyclones 1-0 and struggled throughout the match to get the bats going only mustering one run and falling 4-1. The Cyclones extended their lead with two runs in the sixth, ultimately adding one more later. Doniphan County did get one run back in the bottom of the sixth but it wasn't enough as the offense only tallied five total hits. Cody Bennett and Zach Halter were the only two batters to get hits for Doniphan County on the night as Bennett had a pair of hits, while Halter register three hits. Halter's performance in the loss, earned him the McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors. Derek Nold pitched a solid game for Doniphan County going the complete game in the loss with nine strikeouts, but nine walks, also, three of which came into score for the Cyclones.

With a loss by Hiawatha and Doniphan County that step up a Northeast Kansas league showdown in the first elimination game of the Zone 1 tournament. It was a tight ball game in the end but Hiawatha took the early lead and never trailed in the game. Hiawatha plated the first run of the game scoring in the second, with Doniphan County answering in the bottom of the inning. The third inning proved to be a big one for Hiawatha as they plated four runs, three coming off a three-run triple by Jeff Costa, who won McDonald's "Player of the Game" honors. Hiawatha would go on to add three more runs and lead it 8-1 going into the bottom of the seventh. Down to their final three outs and the offense struggling, Doniphan County didn't fold easily, as they took advantage of an error, pair of walks and a hit batsmen to spark the offense. With two outs, Sawyer Adkins hit a three-run double, then was followed by a two-run triple by Cody Bennett in the inning as Doniphan County plated five runs in the seventh, but ultimately it was not enough, falling 8-6 to Hiawatha. Hiawatha continues on in the Zone 1 tournament tonight at 8:00pm versus Wellsville.

With the two losses in their respective zone tournaments, Holton and Doniphan Counties seasons have come to a close. Holton finishes the year 7-24, while Doniphan County closes out the year 15-19.

For updated Zone 1 Tournament bracket (click here)

For updated Zone 4 Tournament bracket (click here)

For updated NEK 

standings (

click here


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