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By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Sidney Seniors Drop Three


Mike Motz

Sidney's Paul Kratzer takes advantage of an errant throw to take second base during the Senior American Legion tournament on Saturday.

Sidney's American Legion hosted the Sidney Senior Baseball Tournament last weekend with teams from Buckley, Bridgeport, Chadron, Gordon, and Ogallala traveling to Sidney to compete.

The Sidney senior team started the tournament by playing against Chadron Saturday afternoon at Legion Field.

Dante Petersen took the mound for Sidney, and was impressive in his outing, scattering a few hits and giving up no runs prior to a rain delay.

He started the game well, with Sidney getting out of a jam caused by a fly ball falling in for a hit in short right field, then an error on a ground ball to second base which put men on first and second in the bottom of the first. But Petersen was able to bear down and pitch out of danger, keeping Chadron off the scoreboard.

In Sidney's half of the first, Izaak Glanz smacked an RBI double to get Sidney on the board first. In the second inning, Petersen was able to retire the side in order, but Sidney let an opportunity to break open the game slip away as Grant Campbell committed a base running error, getting caught between home and third base while the trailing Sidney runner advanced to third.

With both men on third creating the out, the inning ended with Sidney scoring no runs.

In the third inning, Petersen worked around some trouble, and got out of the inning unscathed thanks to a perfect throw from centerfield to home by Kyle Lenzen that nailed the runner tagging up from third at the plate.

Sidney was again unable to capitalize in their half of the inning, stranding a runner on third to leave the score 1-to-0 in Sidney's favor.

As the fourth inning began, the scattered raindrops that had been falling intensified, and the game was stopped for a rain delay. After about an hour, the game resumed, with Sidney leading 1-to-0 in the fourth inning. But Sidney was unable to score any additional runs, and the Chadron team finally broke through against Sidney scoring two runs, leading to Sidney's defeat 2-to-1. After a short break, Sidney played another game against Gordon with Jackson Witt taking the mound.

The Gordon boys arrived just before the rain delay in the first game, so they were fresh and ready to go against a Sidney team that had a long game against Chadron including the rain delay.

Gordon was able to score runs in bunches, and although the Sidney team was able to muster some offense, it was not nearly enough as the Gordon team prevailed by a score of 15-to-4.

Sunday's action pitted Sidney against Bridgeport for the third time this season. Bridegport had won the first two meetings this year, so starting pitcher Kyle Lenzen and his teammates had another shot to figure out the Bombers. Another high scoring game that had Bridgeport putting up runs every time the boys from Sidney were able to score. The Bombers were able to pull away and earn the victory with a 13-to-8 final score.

The Seniors are back in action this weekend as Sidney hosts area teams competing in the Sidney Wood Bat Tournament on Sunday.


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