Published On: Wed, Jul 6th, 2011

Sr. Legion team avenges early losses

HARTINGTON — The Hartington American Legion Seniors last week avenged their only two losses to conference foes.
Hartington pounded Battle Creek 9-4 here Tuesday, then went on the road Wednesday to hand defending state champion Creighton an 11-6 setback.
Hartington had lost to Creighton in a non-conference game during the Lewis and Clark  Wooden Bat Tournament. Hartington suffered its only conference setback in a 7-1 defeat at Battle Creek.

Hartington’s offense took advantage of Madison’s pitching and fielding mistakes here Friday for a 21-1 win in the regular season finale for both teams.
Ryan Boeckman, making his first start on the mound since junior high school, struck out eight Madison batters to claim the win.
Hartington kept Madison scoreless through the first four innings before finally allowing a run in the fifth frame.
Hartington got on the board in the first frame thanks to some Madison mistakes.
Aaron Steffen struck out, but reached base on a throwing error by the catcher. Ryan Boeckman and Cody Stappert then loaded the bases when they were both hit by pitches. Tyler Loberg then struck out, but he too reached base on an error by the catcher to score Steffen
Hartington got its offense moving right away in the second frame as Nick Uhing led off with a double. He then moved to third and scored on a pair of wild pitches. Steve Herbolsheimer struck out, but reached base on a throwing error by the catcher.  Ty Uhing then smacked a single past the defense and Ryan Boeckman’s long single scored them both. Frank Herbolsheimer ran for Boeckman. He managed to work his way around the bases thanks to Cody Stappert’s double and scored on a wild pitch.
The third inning produced seven runs as Hartington sent 11 batters to the plate.
Mitchell Bruening, Kellyn Dump and Ryan Boeckman all hit doubles in the inning, while Cody Stappert and Nick Uhing blasted triples in the inning. All five scored in the frame, as did Aaron Steffen, who walked and Tyler Loberg, who earned a single.
The offense continued to tee off in the fourth frame as Hartington again batted around, plating nine runs.
Kellyn Dump and Steve Herbolsheimer led off with singles. Ty Uhing’s sacrifice then drove in Dump. Aaron Steffen’s RBI double drove in Herbolsheimer. Cody Stappert then doubled to drive in two more. Bruening then hit his second straight double and then scored on Nick Uhing’s sacrifice. Dump, Herbolsheimer and Ty Uhing all reached base again and all made it home to score their second runs of the inning.
Madison      0    0   0   0   1 – 1
Hartington    1    4   7    9  x – 21

CREIGHTON — The last time Hartington and Creighton faced each other on the baseball diamond, defending state champion Creighton team earned a come-from-behind win over Hartington during the Lewis and Clark Wooden Bat Tournament.
It was a totally different story last week, though, as Hartington earned the come-from-behind 11-6 victory.
Creighton took the early 4-0 lead in the first frame. Hartington wasn’t able to score until the third inning when three athletes crossed the plate.
Ty Uhing walked to get things started. Aaron Steffen then reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Ryan Boeckman followed that up with a single to drive in a pair of runs. Kellyn Dump’s single drove in Boeckman to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Hartington took the lead in the fourth frame with three more runs.
Frank Herbolsheimer and Aaron Steffen both walked to start the fourth frame, while Ryan Boeckman loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Wild pitches scored two, while Cody Stappert’s single drove in one more run to give Hartington the 6-4 advantage.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning, but Hartington plated three more in the sixth inning.
Cody Stappert drilled a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Tyler Loberg also scored after he walked and came home on Steve Herbolsheimer’s fielder’s choice. Creighton scored two in the frame to cut Hartington’s lead to 9-6.
Hartington picked up a pair of insurance runs in the final frame to seal the win.
Hartington    0        0    3    3    0    3    2  — 11
Creighton    4        0    0    0    0    2    0   — 6

Battle Creek jumped out to a quick lead, but Hartington’s offense didn’t stay dormant for long, as the local Seniors earned a big 13-5 victory Tuesday at Felber Field.
Hartington batted around in the second frame, scoring nine runs to take control of the contest.
Nick Uhing got things started in the second frame when he was hit by a pitch. Kellyn Dump slapped the ball past the defense to score Uhing’s first run of the inning. He also ended up plating the last run of the frame. Dump came around to score. Keenan Sudbeck also scored thanks to an Aaron Steffen double. Ryan Boeckman, Ty Uhing, Cody Stappert and Mitchell Bruening also scored.Frank Herbolsheimer reached base in the second frame on a solid double. He then worked his way around the bases to score, as did Aaron Steffen, who reached on a walk.
Steffen and Boeckman plated Hartington’s final two runs in the fifth frame. Steffen earned the win on the mound.
Battle Creek    3        0    0    0    0    2    0   — 6
Hartington    0        9    3    3    0    3    2  — 11