Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011

Hartington Seniors advance

CROFTON — The Hartingon American Legion senior baseball team slapped out a 12-0 five-inning win over Madison in first-round action of Area 1 District Baseball action here Thursday.

The win sets up an 8 p.m. match-up between Hartington and host-team Crofton.

The winner of that contest will stay in the winner’s bracket of the five-day tourney, while the loser must work their way back from the loser’s bracket.

Hartington scattered five runs over three innings Friday before a fourth-inning offensive explosion put the game away.

Aaron Steffen had the distinction of earning both Hartington’s first hit and the team’s first run. He singled in the first frame, then stole second base. He took third on an error by the shortstop and then scored one pitch later on a wild pitch.

Cody Stappert put Hartington’s lone run on the board in the second frame. He blasted a shot deep into the outfield for a hit. The center fielder mis-played the ball allowing Stappert to get all the way to third on the two-base error. A wild pitch then brought Stappert home, as well.

In the third inning, Hartington lead-off batter Keenan Sudbeck drew a walk, then stole second and third base. He then became the third Hartington runner to score on a wild pitch.

Hartington managed to push two more runs across the plate in the inning. Ryan Boeckman singled to reach base. Pinch runner Tyler Loberg swiped second then moved to third on Cody Stappert’s hit. Both runners then scored on Ty Uhing’s 2 RBI double.

A Nick Uhing double and walks to  Kellyn Dump and Keenan Sudbeck loaded the bases in the fourth frame. Uhing and Dump both scored on wild pitches. Aaron Steffen’s RBI single then brought Sudbeck home. Steffen worked his way around the bases and also ended up scoring on a wild pitch.

Ryan Boeckman, Cody Stappert and Ty Uhing all reached the bases on free passes — Boeckman was hit by a pitch, while Stappert and Uhing walked. Mitchell Bruening’s double drove in two runs, while Hartington’s final run of the night was plated on a balk.

Ty Uhing earned the win for Hartington. He pitched four shut-out innings, giving up just four hits and striking out four. He was relieved by Mitchell Bruening for the final three outs.

Madison           0    0    0    0   0   — 0

Hartington      1     1    3    7    x    — 12