Sunday, April 17, 2016

NEN Baseball Overcomes Farnan's 400 Foot Home Run, Holds Off Rockets 13-10

Northeast Nodaway held off fireworks from West Nodaway's squad as they kept their faint hopes of securing a conference title alive by beating the Rockets 13-10 and handing them their second conference loss. While that was taking place, North Nodaway handed Platte Valley its second loss of the year, downing them at Beale Park 8-6. That meant that Platte Valley got their second loss, since the Mustangs had won 4-3 in Hopkins in walk-off fashion earlier in the year. They still need some outside help to win the conference for the third straight time as Platte Valley has two conference losses and Northeast is finished playing them.

In what looked like a pitching duel, Northeast took a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the third. West Nodaway got two runners on base, but pitcher Max Giesken struck out two. But then Blake Farnan got hold of one and took it to dead center field almost all the way to the road, 400 feet from home plate. That put the Rockets up 4-2.

But that provoked an explosive reaction from Northeast as Andrew Freemyer whistled a single past shortstop Cody Gaylan and stole second. Colton Wilmes grounded out and the bottom of the order was coming up, but for some reason, catcher Treston Sanders tried to pick off Freemyer from third and threw it away, allowing him to score. Chet Spire and Brayden Welch walked and took second and third on a wild pitch. Korey Adwell then singled past second baseman David Hull to plate both of them and put Northeast back up 5-4.

Gaylan then threw away a simple force throw to second as Korey Adwell took third and Jill Spire reached safely. That brought Northeast back to the top of the order and the floodgates opened. Max Giesken lined a single to center to score Adwell. Spencer Weir flied out, but Rowdy West reached safely when Gaylan tripped and fell going after a grounder and Andrew Freemyer came back up, singling over second to make it 8-4.

That finished pitcher Josh McGinness, but Colton Wilmes singled as his pop fly dropped in just out of the reach of Gaylan and third baseman Korbin Koch to make it 9-4 and cap Northeast's seven-run fourth.

That put Northeast in control for most of the way until West Nodaway's frantic rally at the end. Max Giesken doubled into the right field corner to score Brayden Welch, who had worked a full count and walked to start off the fifth on a close call. Blake Farnan hit another screamer, this time a double into the left field corner to score David Hull to counter that and make it 10-5. Chet Spire whistled a single just past short, but West Nodaway countered again as Smith scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-6. Rowdy West singled home to score Max Giesken and Andrew Freemyer reached on a throwing error to score Spencer Weir to make it 13-6 before West Nodaway's frantic rally at the end.

Max Giesken started for Northeast and Chet Spire pitched the fourth through the sixth innings and Rowdy West was brought in to close out the game. But then a throwing error by Max Giesken, who was moved to shortstop after the third, opened the floodgates and West Nodaway teed off on West for much of the inning. David Hull doubled and Treston Sanders doubled him home. Northeast finally got Blake Farnan out as Chet Spire caught his fly ball in deep right, but he obviously didn't know his own strength as he proceeded to airmail the ball 300+ feet; it went over third baseman Spencer Weir's head and into the stands on the third base side as Sanders scored.

Korbin Koch then drew a four pitch walk to restart West Nodaway and West couldn't put Cody Gaylan away as he singled a 2-2 pitch into right field to move Koch to third. Weston Carter then flied out to Spire to score another run before finally, West got Jakob Cordell to chase a low curve for the final strike of the game.

Weston Carter doubled into the gap in right center to score Koch in the second to put West Nodaway up 1-0. Korey Adwell was robbed of a home run in the third as his shot to right field was clearly over the fence, but the umpires were not paying attention and claimed it was a ground rule double. Eyewitnesses said afterwards the ball had gone over. It didn't matter as Jill Spire kept things going as she laid down a perfect bunt that died on the third base line. The West Nodaway dugout started squawking, but the call stood and Spire got on with a scratch hit. Spire stole second and Max Giesken flied out to score Adwell. Spencer Weir singled, but it was not deep enough to score Spire as the ball was snagged in shallow left. Spencer was picked off first and was thrown out, but Jill Spire came home and scored during the ensuing rundown as Northeast took a 2-1 lead.

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