WAHOO – The Wahoo Pharmacy Blues opened the 2019 Legion baseball season with a 13-5 setback at the hands of Bellevue West at Sam Crawford Field in Wahoo on May 25.
Bellevue West scored five runs in the fifth and added three more in the sixth to pull away for the eight-run win.
The visitors were able to score 13 runs despite managing just four base hits. They were able to take advantage of four Blues errors and nine bases on balls.
Cooper Hancock finished with two of the three Blues base hits and teammate Jake Whitney also reached base twice.
Aaron Ickler suffered the loss on the mound for the pharmacists.
The pitching woes continued for the Blues in a 13-10 extra inning home loss to Elkhorn Mount Michael on May 26.
The teams traded runs throughout the game, but the Knights were able to secure the win with four runs in the eighth inning.
The Blues finished with 11 base hits and were led by two more base hits from Hancock. Ickler led the team with a pair of RBI.
The Blues were able to benefit from five Knight errors.
Three different Blues pitchers allowed 13 runs and 10 base hits.
On Saturday, the Blues traveled to Fort Calhoun for a tournament.
The Blues opened the tournament with a 5-2 setback at the hands of Elmwood-Murdock-Nehawka.
Four errors doomed Wahoo Pharmacy, leading to all five runs for EMN.
Hancock and Ryan Raabe each delivered run-scoring singles in the top of the fifth accounting for all of the Blues runs.
Brody Specht started for the Blues and suffered the loss on the mound.
Saturday afternoon, the Blues were able to bounce back with a 14-8 victory over Guardian Angels Central Catholic.
The Blues scored eight runs in the top of the first inning only to see GACC answer with two in the first, four in the second and one more in the third.
The Blues piled up 10 base hits and were able to overcome six errors in the field.
Tate Nelson and Raabe combined for five hits, four RBI and four runs scored against GACC. Ickler and Ryan Olsen also reached base three times apiece.
Ickler came on in relief of Malachi Bordovsky to earn the win.
On Sunday, the Blues made it two wins a row with a 10-3 win over Twin River.
Wahoo Pharmacy scored eight runs in the third inning to take control of the game.
Nelson was the star of the game at the plate and on the mound for the Blues.
He finished with two hits and three RBI and also worked six strong innings allowing just six hits and two runs while striking out eight.
The 2-1 finish in the tournament moved the Blues record to 2-3 on the season.