HARTINGTON — Things have heated up for the Hartington American Legion program fittingly during the hottest part of the year.
The Hartington Seniors finished the summer with a 4-5 record after a 5-3 loss at Creighton Friday night.
“We have four seniors that completed their eligibility last night: Ted Bengston, Jacob Keiser, Eric Hoesing and Brady Steffen have given their hearts and souls to this team,” Don Whitmire said. “It has been a pleasure to see these young men develop and grow, not only on the baseball field but also off the field.
“If these boys are not allowed an extra season to compete, we will be losing a strong group of leadership for our baseball program. I am excited to see what the future brings for these boys.”
Three Hartington pitchers gave up only one hit but were undone by 10 walks in the season finale.
The Juniors went 1-1 and wrapped up a 5-2 summer with a 5-2 win over Plainview before ending the campaign with a 11-9 defeat at Creighton Friday night.
“We held the lead until the bottom of the fourth when Creighton was able to jump out to a lead,” Coach Whitmire said. “The Junior team played very well this year in this unique season. All games gained this year is invaluable experience towards the goal of winning the state tournament next year.”
Creighton rallied with seven runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to rally from a 7-4 deficit.
The Juniors were aided by 14 free passes to make up for only registering four hits.
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