Platte earns two straight Sunshine League victories over Corsica/Stickney
As the Platte Killer Tomatoes and the Corsica/Stickney Horned Frogs faced off twice in two days, Platte picked up two straight Sunshine League victories in amateur league play on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.
PLATTE – Facing each other twice in two days at one another’s ball park, Platte edged Corsica/Stickney in consecutive Sunshine League amateur baseball contests on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.
In Friday’s game at Corsica, Platte edged Corsica/Stickney 5-4 in 10 innings of play. In Platte on Saturday, Platte scored seven runs in the first two innings as they cruised to an 11-1 victory at home.
Platte found themselves trailing 4-1 heading into the eighth inning, but the Killer Tomatoes scored four runs in the final three innings to steal the win. Richard Sternberg, Hayden Kuiper and Ryan Allen all hit singles in the eighth inning to help tie the game at four. As Grant Doom stole third base at the top of the 10th inning, Corsica/Stickney committed an error on the throw to third and Doom reached home, giving Platte its first lead since the second inning.
As Platte held on for the win, Sternberg went 3-for-5 with one scored run and Sheldon Gant went 2-for-5 at the plate, including one homerun and one RBI. Ryan Allen had two hits and drove in two runs, while Hayden Kuiper had two hits and one RBI. Doom took the win for the Killer Tomatoes, giving up zero hits, zero runs and struck out six batters in 2 ⅔ innings pitched. Owen London started the game at the mound for Platte, struck out six and allowed four runs on six hits in 7 ⅓ innings.
Kris Menning led Corsica/Stickney with three hits while Ryan Buck and Blake Moke had one hit each. Menning and Moke also had one RBI apiece. Caleb Crist took the loss for the Horned Frogs, striking out 14 batters, but allowed ten hits and four earned runs in 10 innings.
The following day in Platte, the Killer Tomatoes got out to a fast start as Hunter Hewitt hit an RBI double and Grant Doom hit a two-run homer to give Platte a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Hayden Kuiper and Derek Soukup had two doubles in the second inning and Ryan Allen hit a single to help extend Platte’s lead to seven after two innings. Platte scored four more runs in the final two innings to seal the win.
Kuiper went 4-for-5 with two RBIs while Doom went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Doom also led the team with three runs scored, while Allen had two hits and led the team with three RBIs. Richard Sternberg and Soukup also had two hits apiece while Hewitt had two hits and drove in two runs. Kelby VanDerWerff picked up the win for Platte, surrendering four hits in four innings. Myles Kott struck out three batters in three innings.
Kris Menning had two hits while Nathan Blom had one hit and one RBI for the Horned Frogs. Lincoln Huff chipped in with one as well. Blake Moke took the loss, allowing nine earned runs and 14 hits in five innings. Moke also struck out five batters, while Gavin Zomer struck out four batters and allowed three hits in 1 ⅔ innings pitched.
Platte (8-3) takes on Alexandria on Tuesday, July 5, while Corsica/Stickney takes on Winner/Colome on Thursday, July 7.