McCook Legion Juniors drop two doubleheaders
The McCook American Legion Junior squad had a rough Friday and Saturday.
McCook dropped all four games in two doubleheaders. On Friday, McCook traveled to Fort Morgan, Colo., to compete.
McCook lost the first game of the twinbill 15-5. The game was called after the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.
Ross Jones started the game on the mound for McCook. Jones allowed 15 runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Mark Rogers led McCook at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a trio of triples. Rogers was the only McCook batter with multiple hits.
McCook 400 010 -- 5 7 4
Fort Morgan 440 016 -- 15 6 3
M -- Ross Jones. FM -- Morek. W -- Morek. L -- Jones. 1B -- Mark Rogers (3), Tyler Wilson, Mason Pohl, M. Goebel, Morek, Yearous, FM. 2B -- Brad Potthoff, M. Goebel, Yearous, FM.
McCook regrouped and nearly came back and defeated Fort Morgan in the second game of the doubleheader.
McCook lost 12-11.
Juniors coach Jade Muehlenkamp put Evan Koetter to work on the mound. Koetter went the distance for McCook pitching all seven innings while allowing 12 runs and seven hits.
McCook opened up the game with two runs in the first inning via Brendan Liess and Ross Jones.
However, Fort Morgan put up five runs in the bottom of the first to put them ahead 5-2.
McCook would score at least one run in every inning including one in both the second and third.
McCook's biggest offensive inning was the third when they drove in three runners to knot the game at 7-7.
Tyler Wilson scored McCook's lone run in the sixth. Fort Morgan responded with a four-run sixth inning to put them on top 11-9 going into the seventh.
Ross Jones scored followed by Tyler Wilson to tie the game up one last time.
In the bottom of the final inning of play Fort Morgan did all they needed to do and had one runner cross the plate to end the game at 12-11.
Koetter and Jones led the Juniors at the plate with three hits apiece. Both players went 3-for-5 with two singles and a double.
Muehlenkamp said the team derived some needed experience from the trip.
"Overall we got some good experience in Fort Morgan. That experience will carry over and help us come district time."
McCook 211 311 2 -- 11 11 4
Fort Morgan 520 004 1 -- 12 7 9
M -- Evan Koetter. FM -- Lippoldt. W -- Lippoldt. L -- Koetter. 1B -- Ross Jones (2), Mark Rogers, Tyler Wilson, Koetter (2), M. Weitzel, Lippoldt (2), Goebel, Habey (2), FM. 2B -- Jones, Rogers, Wilson, Koetter, Alex Sughroue, M. Mese, FM.
On Saturday, the McCook Juniors hosted a twinbill against Grand Island at the Jaycees Sports Complex.
In a first game heartbreaker McCook lost 15-14.
Tony Purvis was granted pitching duties. Purvis allowed 15 runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Tyler Wilson relieved Purvis in the fourth and finished out the game by allowing 0 runs on one hit in three and two-thirds innings.
Grand Island started up the bats right out of the gates. Grand Island scored six runs in the first and then another six in the top of the second to put them on top 11-0.
McCook did respond with five runs in the bottom of the second to bring McCook within six runs, 11-5. In the third frame Grand Island would tack on one more run while McCook could not cut into Grand Island's lead.
Grand Island scored three runs in the fourth to put them on top 15-5, but the offense would fizzled out and wouldn't produce anymore runs.
Brad Potthoff and Brendon Liess both singled and scored in the bottom of the fifth frame to bring the score to 15-7.
McCook would not produce any more runs until the bottom of the seventh when they gave Grand Island a scare.
McCook had a seven run inning that almost sent the game into an extra inning. In the end, Grand Island pulled out the victory 15-14.
Brad Potthoff led McCook offensively by going 4-for-4 with three singles and a double.
Mark Rogers also had a hot bat with a 3-for-5 performance with three singles.
Juniors coach Jade Muehlenkamp was pleased his squad didn't lie down when they were losing.
"They got a big lead on us and that was too big of a deficit for us to come back from.
"But, we did come back and almost win the game. The guys did a great job of not giving up and getting ten runned."
Grand Island 651 300 0 -- 15 11 8
McCook 050 020 7 -- 14 12 7
M -- Tony Purvis, Tyler Wilson (4). GI -- Brian Houser. W -- Houser. L -- Purvis. 1B -- Brendon Liess, Ross Jones, Mark Rogers (3), Wilson, Evan Koetter, Brad Potthoff (3), M. Eric Williams (2), Penas (2), Reyes, Jared Boring, GI. 2B -- Potthoff, Alex Sughroue, M. Josh Price, Penas, Eric Holmes, GI.
Grand Island busted the second game of the doubleheader open on their way to a 13-3 victory. Jeff Klug started pitching for McCook.
Klug pitched for five innings while allowing nine runs on six hits. Brendon Liess would relieve Klug for the final two innings. Liess gave up four runs on five hits.
The McCook offense scored two runs in the first inning and one run in the second frame.
They would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game. Grand Island scored one in the first and then put the game out of reach in the second inning with five runs.
With a 9-3 lead in the seventh innings Grand Island scored four more runs to make the final 13-3.
McCook didn't have a bad game at the plate with nine total hits. The lack of runs came courtesy of 10 McCook base runners that were left on base in the game.
Mark Rogers led McCook offensively with a single and a double. Ross Jones also had a multiple hit day with two singles.
The Juniors next home game will be Tuesday against Ogallala. Action is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the MNB Seniors following at 8 p.m.
Grand Island 150 210 4 -- 13 11 2
McCook 210 000 0 -- 3 9 4
M -- Jeff Klug, Brendon Liess (5). GI -- Reyes, Josh Price. W -- Reyes. L -- Klug. 1B -- Ross Jones (2), Mark Rogers, Tyler Wilson, Mason Pohl, Evan Koetter, Tony Purvis, M. Jeff Rosacker (3), Brian Houser, Eric Williams, Penas, Eric Holmes, Chris Rowell, Gabe Haynes (3), GI. 2B -- Rogers, M. 3B -- Brendon Liess, M.
Class B Area 6
American Legion Junior
District Baseball Tournament
Tournament Site: McCook
Single Elimination until championship Round when it will become double elimination
Admission: $4 for Adults $2 for Students. Season passes will not be accepted.
July 19: Game 1 No. 4 Holdrege (7-11) vs. No. 5 Lexington (4-9) 1 p.m.
July 20: Game 2 Winner 1 vs. No. 1 McCook (10-10) 1 p.m.
Game 3 No. 2 Gothenburg (10-11) vs. No. 3 Cozad (6-7) 4 p.m.
July 26: Game 4 Winner 2 vs. Winner 3 1 p.m.
Game 5 Winner 4 vs. Loser 4 4 p.m.
July 27: Game 6 Winner 5 vs. Loser 5 (if necessary) 12:30 p.m.