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Legion baseball: Janesville packs big bats for trip

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Gazette staff
June 28, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb.—Janesville’s American Legion baseball team found a mixed bag in splitting a doubleheader against North Platte.

The good: Post 205 (8-4) scored 30 runs in the two games and recorded 32 hits. It scored in every inning of the second game, a 21-11 victory.

The bad: Janesville committed 12 errors in the two games, making eight of the 21 runs the team allowed unearned.

“Making a lot of errors forces your pitchers to throw unnecessary pitches, and with a bunch of doubleheaders coming up, that could be a problem,” Janesville coach Bob Schenck said.

Janesville is on a 10-day road trip through Nebraska and Colorado and is scheduled to play 10 games in the next six days, including two today against St. Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“We had a tired team, and it showed in our defense,” Schenck said.

Offensively, though, Janesville didn’t seem to show any signs of fatigue.

Justin Graham led off in both games against North Platte and had eight hits in 11 at-bats. He was 6-for-6 in the second game and scored four runs.

“Justin stung the ball in the second game, and we hit extremely well as a team,” Schenck said.

NORTH PLATTE (Neb.) 10, JANESVILLE 9 (9 innings)

Janesville         000      203                         400—9

North Platte   012      050                       101—10

Janesville (ab-r-h-bi)—Graham, 2b, 5-1-2-0. Nyborg, 1b-p, 3-1-1-0. Coulter, lf, 4-3-3-2. Co. Osmond, rf, 3-2-0-0. Cashore, ss, 4-2-1-1. Hughes, p, 3-0-1-2. Brewster, p, 0-0-0-0. Welch, ph, 1-0-1-2. Frey, p, 0-0-0-0. Van Zandt, 1b, 0-0-0-0. Christiansen, cf, 5-0-1-0. Faust, 3b, 4-0-0-0. Smithback, c, 4-0-0-0. Totals 38-9-10-7.

North Platte (ab-r-h-bi)—Wesslund, rf, 4-1-1-0. Kenney, ss, 4-2-3-2. Allberry, lf, 5-1-2-2. Volz, 3b-p, 4-0-2-1. Callahan, 1b, 5-0-1-0. Harris, cf, 4-2-1-1. Silos, c, 4-1-1-0. Vivren, p, 0-0-0-0. Chitty, dh, 5-1-2-3. Backer, 2b, 3-2-1-0. Totals 38-10-14-10.

E—J 6, NP 1. LOB—J 8, 13. 2B—Coulter 2, Graham, Welch. HR—Harris.

Janesville                       IP        H                                   R      ER                                BB     SO

Hughes 5 1/3         7                                   6         3                                   1         2

Brewster                     2/3         1                                   2         2                                   2         0

Frey                                  2         1                                   1         1                                   4         0

Nyborg (L)                  2/3         3                                   1         1                                   1         2

JANESVILLE 21, NORTH PLATTE (Neb.) 11

Janesville         431      421                           6—21

North Platte   012      410                           3—11

Janesville (ab-r-h-bi)—Graham, ss, 6-4-6-2. Nyborg, dh-1b, 5-1-1-3. Van Zandt, p, 0-0-0-0. Coulter, lf-p, 5-3-4-1. Co. Osmond, cf-rf, 3-3-0-1. Welch, 2b, 3-2-1-3. Brewster, ph, 1-0-1-1. Hughes, 1b, 4-1-2-1. Christiansen, cf, 1-0-1-0. Smithback, c, 3-0-1-0. Cashore, c, 2-1-2-2. Frey, 3b, 2-1-0-0. Faust, 3b, 2-0-2-2. Burkheimer, rf-lf, 5-3-2-1. Totals 42-21-22-17.

North Platte (ab-r-h-bi)—Wesslund, rf, 3-2-0-0. Kenney, ss, 4-1-1-0. Allberry, 1b, 4-0-1-2. Volz, 3b, 3-1-1-0. Vaughn, p-lf, 3-2-2-1. Harms, 2b-p, 3-1-1-2. Silos, c, 2-1-2-1. Chitty, cf, 4-0-0-0. Barker, p, 4-0-0-0. Totals 30-11-8-6.

E—J 6, NP 5 LOB—J 9, NP 6. 2B—Graham 3, Coulter 2, Cashore, Burkheimer. HR—Graham.

Janesville                       IP        H                                   R      ER                                BB     SO

Van Zandt (W)              5         5                                   8         3                                   3         6

Coulter                            2         2                                   3         3                                   2         1



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