Published On: Sun, Jul 31st, 2011

Creighton win keeps Srs alive at State

CREIGHTON — The Creighton Senior American Legion baseball team  has had Hartington’s number this year.

They did until Sunday afternoon, anyway.

The two Northeast Nebraska powerhouses had squared off five times prior to Sunday’s State Tournament elimination game here.

Creighton had compiled a 4-1 mark in their five meetings.

Explosive hitting, solid defense and a consistent pitching performance gave Hartington a 7-4 win over Creighton to give the host team an early exit.

Hartington will now take on Stromsburg-Osceola-Shelby at 2 p.m. Monday in Creighton. The SOS team came from behind to defeat David City in the tourney opener, but fell 4-1 Sunday to Pender.

Hartington showed early on Sunday they could hit off of Creighton ace Klay Fuchtman, putting up four first-inning runs to stake American Legion Post 4 to a 4-0 first-inning lead.

Lead-off batter Keenan Sudbeck hit the Creighton fireballer’s first pitch of the game into center field to get the offense going. Hartington soon loaded the bases thanks to a perfect bunt by Tyler Loberg that Fuchtman was not able to handle and a Trent Jansen single.

Ty Uhing then slammed a waist-high curve ball over the left field fence for the bases-clearing grand slam. His shot also cleared out the Hartington dugout as his teammates raced out to congratulate him.

“He’s a really good pitcher. I was just looking for something to hit, and then there it was — a curve ball right over the plate,” Uhing said after the game.

His long ball not only gave Hartington a huge shot in the arm, it also marked the first time Uhing had ever blasted a homer out of the park.

“Oh, I might have gotten an inside-the-park homer when I was a little kid, but never anything like this before,” he said.

Uhing and the rest of his teammates had a bit of a chip on their shoulder about Creighton and needed a shot like Uhing’s to build up their confidence.

“Creighton is a really good team and we haven’t played that well against them,” said Uhing, who was on the pitching mound to earn the win when Hartington picked up its lone  regular season victory over Creighton. “We all knew we just had to play as hard as we could  in order to have a chance and we went out and did that.”

Creighton came back in the second frame to put one of their own over the fence when Teryn Boyer blasted a solo shot over the left field wall.

Hartington extended its lead to 6-1 in the third inning when Trent Jansen opened the frame with a single and Ty Uhing,  and Frank Herbolsheimer loaded the bases by being hit with a pitch. The next batter, Nick Uhing, was also hit by a pitch to drive in a run and drive Fuchtman off the mound.

Kellyn Dump then hit a blooper past the pitcher, but the Umpires ruled the throw to home plate beat Uhing across, making him out on the play.  Frank Herbolsheimer also made it home in the frame on a wild pitch.

Despite 98-degree heat, Hartington starter Aaron Steffen went the distance to earn the win on the mound, he allowed just seven Creighton hits, while striking out four and walking just two.

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Creighton 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 X X X X X 3 5 2
Hartington 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 X X X X X 7 4 0