Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2011

West Point ends season for Juniors

HARTINGTON — The  Hartington American Legion Juniors ran out of gas Wednesday.
The local American Legion team needed back-to-back wins over West Point in order to advance to their second straight Class C State Tournament.
Hartington pieced together an 8-7 win over West Point in the first game of the night Wednesday to extend the championship series to two games.
In the second game, West Point slammed the door on any hopes of a come-from-behind victory by Hartington, picking up an 8-1 win to advance to the State Tournament and end Hartington’s season.

The Hartington team ends the year with an impressive 17-6 record.
In Wednesday’s opener, Hartington fell behind 3-0 in the first frame, but never gave up, cutting the deficit to 3-2 in their half of the inning.
Hartington put its first run of the game up when Trent Jansen singled, then advanced on a wild pitch and came home on Eric Kruse’s RBI single. Tyler Loberg drew a walk in the frame and came home on Ross Hegge’s double.
Neither team was able to score in the second frame, but West Point padded their lead to 4-2 in the top of the third inning. Hartington came back in their half of the frame to plate two runs and knot the score at 4-4.
Hartington’s offense got started in the third frame when lead-off batter Zach Wuebben belted a triple down the right field line. Tyler Loberg then drew another walk and Eric Kruse smacked a two RBI single.
Two more Hartington runs in the fourth gave the home team a 6-4 lead.
Ross Hegge earned the win for Hartington
Ross Hegge, Zach Wuebben  and  Trent Jansen paced the offense for Hartington.
Hegge went 2-for-3 with a double in the opener, while Wuebben was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and a pair of runs, and Jansen added a 2-for-3 effort with a double.
West Point    3    0    1    0    1    0    2    — 7
Hartington    2    0    2    2    0    2    0    — 8

In  the winner-take-all nightcap, West Point pitcher Cody Fischer handcuffed the Hartington offense, not allowing a run until midway through the seventh frame.
Hartington finally got on the board when Devon Lammers’ RBI single scored Ross Hegge in the top of the seventh.
It looked like Hartington would roll early in this one, putting leadoff batter Frank Herbolsheimer on third base with no outs in the top of the first inning.
Herbolsheimer was called out at the plate, though, on a gutsy suicide squeeze play. Hartington wasn’t able to muster any more offense in the frame and West Point used the momentum from that play to help them put up three runs in their half of the inning.
West Point added two runs in both the second and third innings to take control of the game.
West Point was led by Eric Wietfeld’s 2-4 effort.
Hartington    000    000    1    —    1
West Point    322    001    x    —    8