Published On: Fri, Jul 8th, 2011

Seniors advance to semifinals

HARTINGTON — The Hartington American Legion Seniors earned an 8-4 win over Neligh here Wednesday to advance to Friday’s Elkhorn Valley League semifinal game against Creighton.

Hartington plated the first run of the night, scoring after Cody Stappert and Mitchell Bruening singled and Ty Uhing walked to load the bases for Kellyn Dump. Dump then drove in Stappert with a chopper past third base.

Neligh knotted the score at 1-1 in their half of the third frame, but Hartington didn’t allow the tie to stand for long.

Hartington used a two-out rally to score four runs in the third frame and take a 5-1 lead. Frank Herbolsheimer’s walk started things out. Cody Stappert then blasted a double past the defense to score him. Ty Uhing’s extra base hit then plated Stappert. Mitchell Bruening singled, moved to second on Nick Uhing’s single and came home on Kellyn Dump’s single.

Aaron Steffen got things started in the foruth frame when he singled, then stole second base. Ryan Boeckman then singled to drive him in.

Coach Tim Loberg’s team put up two insurance runs in the final frame. Keenan Sudbeck reached base on an error then worked his way around the bases to score on Aaron Steffen’s RBI double. Steffen then scored on a wild pitch.

Hartington ended the game with nine hits. Mitchell Bruening, Cody Stappert  and Kellyn Dump were both 2-3 on the night. Bruening also scored a run, while Dump had two RBI. Stappert scored two runs and collected on RBI.

Ty Uhing earned the win on the mound for Hartington, with Trent Jansen coming on in relief.  Uhing struck out four and gave up five hits in the contest.

Neligh                 0   0   1   0   3   0   0  — 4

Hartington        0    1   4  1    0   2   x — 8