Hot bats help Knights to first victory of season

Zach Thornburg had one of his strongest showings of the season in East Mills’ 10-3 win over Fremont-MIlls last Monday.

Fremont-Mills got its offense on track and picked up its first win of the season in a 15-5 victory over Sidney in Corner Conference baseball Friday in Tabor.

The Knights (1-10 overall, 1-4 in the conference) notched 12 hits in the win, including five for extra bases.

Sam Sanchez led the way with a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Dylan Linkenhoker  and J.W. Linkenhoker had two hits each and combined to drive in three runs. Broden Zimmerman doubled an drove in two runs.

Landon Baker picked up the win on the bump. The junior allowed just two hits and struck out eight in five innings of work.

Seth Ettleman took the loss after giving up four hits and 13 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Griswold 8,
East Mills 2

Bode Wyman scattered three hits and zero earned runs on the mound for Griswold in an 8-2 victory over East Mills in Corner Conference baseball  Friday.

Wyman struck out nine and walked four in his six-inning victory.

Kolbe Klindt had three hits and drove in two runs to lead Griswold. Zane Johnson added two hits and Calden Turner, Cody Dorscher, Wyatt Silk and Holden Jensen had one hit each.

“Griswold played well and we didn’t, especially early in that game,” said East Mills coach Lee Christians. “We dug a hole too deep to come back from.”

Zach Thornburg took the loss on the hill for East Mills. The senior allowed three hits and four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Lincoln Palmer placed the Wolverines at the plate with two hits. Fletcher Proctor singled and drove in two runs.

Red Oak 11,
East Mills 5

Red Oak rallied from a 5-2 deficit after two innings to score the final nine runs in an 11-5 victory over East Mills in non-conference baseball Thursday.

“We struggled to get in the strike zone to begin the game and allowed too many free bases which led to an early deficit,” said Red Oak coach Mark Erickson.  

Brett Erickson came on in relief to pitch the final five two-thirds innings to earn the win.  Erickson did not allow a hit , walked one and struck out eleven.

Brody Bond led the Tigers with three hits and drove in two runs. Adam Baier doubled and singled drove in three runs. Cale Hall singled, scored three runs, and had an RBI and Brett Erickson scored a run and had an RBI.  

Fletcher Proctor took the loss on the hill for the Wolverines. The junior allowed four hits and six earned runs while walking eight and striking out three.

“We played well enough to win against Red Oak, but ran out of arms and gave up a bunch of runs late,” said East Mills coach Lee Christians.

Sheldon Vandenberg led East Mills with two hits. Lincoln Palmer and Proctor had a hit and an RBI.

Shenandoah 15,
Fremont-Mills 3

Shenandoah exploded for 11 runs combined in the second and third innings on its way to a 15-3 victory over Fremont-Mills in non-conference baseball last Tuesday.

The Mustangs racked up 12 hits in the win. Tyler Babe led the way with a grand slam home run and Jade Spangler added three hits and an RBI.

Levi Green tossed the complete game on the hill, allowing three this and two earned runs with five strikeouts.

Dylan Linkenhoker, Mason Reed and Broden Zimmerman had singles for the Knights.

Kaden Foster was credited with the loss after surrendering 13 hits and 10 earned runs.

East Mills 10,
Fremont-Mills 3

East Mills built a 4-0 lead after three innings and cruised to a 10-3 victory over Fremont-Mills in Corner Conference baseball last Monday in Tabor.

Zach Thornburg has his best outing of the year according to head coach Lee Christians, after not allowing a hit and striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings of work.

“He’s a four pitch pitcher with fastball, curveball, change-up and sinker,” Christians said. “His best pitch is his fastball. It has enough velocity to be effective and has late movement down and away to right handed hitters.”

The Wolverines led 6-0 before the Knights got on the board.

East Mills finished with seven hits. Thornburg and Lincoln Palmer both notched two each and drove in two runs each.

The Knights finished with three hits. Landon Baker, Dylan Linkenhoker and Sam Sanchez had a hit each. Linkenhoker doubled and drove in a run.

J.W. Linkenhoker took the loss on the mound after allowing three hits and five earned runs while walking five.


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