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Sr. Legion Rallies Past Lincoln County in Zone Opener

Baseball-Glove PicThe Russell Post 99 Senior American Legion Baseball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit and rallied for a 15-7 victory over Lincoln County Saturday evening in the first round of the AA Zone 2 Tournament at the Shaffer Field Sports Complex.

#2 seed Lincoln County touched up Russell starting pitcher Brendon Buhrle for three runs in the bottom of the first inning with two of those runs coming on a two-run homer by Drew Biggs.  The Hawks added another tally in the bottom of the second to give their starting pitcher Dylan Fry a 4-0 advantage.

#3 seed Russell however got to Fry in the third inning tying the game on a two-run ground-rule double by Caden Oberle and a two-run single by Cole Schmidtberger.  Russell grabbed the lead 5-4 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Kyle Farmer and an RBI single by Cooper Windholz in the top of the fifth frame extended the lead to 6-4.  Russell then scored two more runs in the top of the sixth on another single by Oberle and a sacrifice fly by Schmidtberger.

Lincoln County would tighten things up in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run rally on a fielder's choice, an error and a bases-loaded walk.  The Hawks had the tying run at third base but Josh Foster back-handed a ground ball and stepped on the third base bag to end the rally with Russell holding an 8-7 advantage.

Russell then blew the game open with seven runs in the top of the seventh.  The scoring resulted from Walker Braun's RBI single, yet another single by Oberle as he drove in his fourth run, a two-run double by Schmidtberger, two more runs scoring when Lincoln County committed three errors on one play and a wild pitch.  From there, Huser who would be the game's winning pitcher closed the contest out to send Russell into the tournament semifinals.

Russell will face #4 seed Smith County on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Shaffer Field.  Smith County won the tournament's opening game earlier Saturday with a 13-1 pasting of #5 seed Ellinwood and then came back in the nightcap to rout top-seed Hoisington 16-3.  Both of those games ended after the top of the fourth inning.  Ellinwood will face Lincoln County Sunday at 3 p.m. and the winner of that game will face Hoisington at 7 p.m.

Russell "AA" Zone Tournament Schedule

Saturday, July 20
Game 1 - 3PM - #4 Smith County 13, #5 Ellinwood 1
Game 2 - 5PM - #3 Russell 15, #2 Lincoln County 7
Game 3 - 7PM - #4 Smith County 16, #1 Hoisington 3

Sunday, July 21
Game 4 - 3PM - #5 Ellinwood vs. #2 Lincoln County
Game 5 - 5PM - #4 Smith County vs. #3 Russell
Game 6 - 7PM - Game 4 Winner vs. #1 Hoisington

Monday, July 22
Game 7 - 6PM - Game 5 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner (Elimination Game)
Game 8 - 8PM - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner (Championship Game #1)

Tuesday, July 23
Game 9 - 6PM - Championship Game #2 (If Needed)

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