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Legion Baseball: Wheaton trips up Hancock in sub-district opener

Hancock legion coach Gordy Shaw gives the signal to keep running to (not pictured) Daniel Milander as Zach Flaten flies home in the top of the fifth inning against Wheaton on Thursday, July 13 in Wheaton. Despite the three runs that scored in the inning, Hancock fell to Wheaton in the sub-district opener 10-3. (Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times)

Two big innings catapulted the Wheaton Bandits over Hancock legion, 10-3, on Thursday, July 13 in sub-district playoff action in Wheaton.

The Bandits opened the game with a four-run first. The inning was highlighted by three hits, one being a RBI by Sam Adelman. A bases loaded walk and a wild pitch also scored two runs.

The game would hold at 4-0 until the fifth inning when Hancock got on the board. The inning started with two walks to put Zach Flaten and Daniel Milander on base. Then with one out, Michael Milander plated both with a triple. Collin Brown followed that up with a single to score M. Milander and make it 4-3.

That would be the closest Hancock would get in the game as Wheaton exploded for six in the bottom half of the inning. The bottom of the frame was highlighted by a three RBI triple by Matt Thielen, who scored later on a wild pitch to give Wheaton the final 10-3 lead. Sam Adelman recorded another RBI in the inning, hitting in Lukus Adelman, who led off the inning with a double.

Thielen had three hits with two runs scored to pace the Bandits. Sam Adelman also had three hits and two RBI while Lukas Adelman went 2-for-3 at the plate and took the win on the mound. Lukus Adelman gave up just one hit in three innings. Sam Adelman and Eric Schwagel came in in relief.

Hancock was led by Milander, who went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBI, and a run scored. Brown and Tanner Pahl had other Hancock hits.

Chandler Gramm was tagged with the loss. He went two innings and gave up four runs on five hits, walked two, and struck out two. M. Milander and Brown came in in relief.

Hancock will take on Brandon-Evansville, who lost to No. 1 Glenwood/Lowry 10-0 in five innings on Thursday, in an elimination game at 1 p.m. on Marthaler Field at Minnewaska Area High School on Saturday, July 15 in Glenwood. If Hancock wins, it will be play loser of Glenwood/Lowry and Wheaton at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wheaton 10, Hancock 3

Hancock................000 030 0 – 3 4

Wheaton...............400 060 0 – 10 11

HITTING – Hancock: Michael Milander 2-3 2b 3b rbi-2 r, Collin Brown 1-4, Tanner Pahl 1-4... Wheaton: Matt Thielen 3-3 3b rbi-3 r-2, Nelson Schmidt 1-4, Eric Schwagel 2-3 r, Lukas Adelman 2-3 2b 3b r, Sam Adelman 3-4 rbi-2 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-bb-k) – Hancock: Chandler Gramm (L) 2-5-4-2-2, Michael Milander 2.33-3-1-3-3, Collin Brown 1.67-3-5-1-1... Wheaton: Lukas Adelman (W) 3-1-0-2-3, Sam Adelman 2.67-3-3-3-0, Eric Schwagel 0.33-0-0-2-0

Brooke Kern

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