WAKEFIELD – The Wahoo State Bank Reds played six games last week, culminating with the annual wood bat tournament in Wakefield over the weekend.
Prior to competing in the tournament, the Reds started the week with a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Crete Cardinals on the road June 4.
The Cardinals got to Reds starter Collin Morrissey for five runs in the first inning, but the Reds chipped away and eventually turned Morrissey into a winner.
The Reds scored two runs in the third, added four more in the fifth and then scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to pull out the one-run win.
The Reds finished with eight base hits and were led at the plate by Karson Hesser. Morrissey and Luben also added a pair of hits. Luben and Nick Oden drove in two runs apiece.
Morrissey settled down after the first inning and worked six-and-two-thirds to earn the win.
The Reds returned to the diamond the next night on the road against Ashland.
The visiting Reds needed just five innings to record the 9-0 shutout win over the Bluejays.
Red started Nolan Sabatka worked all five innings, allowing just three hits and struck out four while notching the win on the mound.
Jarrett Kmiecik led the Reds at the plate with two hits and three RBI. Hesser added two RBI and Morrissey reached base three times.
The Reds opened play in the wood bat tournament on Saturday afternoon with a game against the Eagles from Arlington.
The Reds struggled offensively and defensively and were dealt a 5-2 setback. They finished with just four base hits and committed five errors defensively.
Morrissey and Kmiecik drove in the runs for the Reds who had limited scoring opportunities.
Oden took the loss on the mound, but pitched well. He worked all seven innings, allowing just four hits and five runs (none earned) and struck out summer-best nine Eagle hitters.
On Saturday, the Reds were able to pull out a hard-fought 5-4 six-inning win over the Pierce Bluejays.
The Reds were able to win despite managing just two base hits, both by Trey Ahrens. Ahrens reached base three times, scored twice and drove in a run.
Kmiecik worked all six inning to earnt the win, allowing just two hits and four runs. He struck out four and walked three.
Wahoo State Bank returned to the diamond on Sunday morning for a contest against Beresford, South Dakota.
The Reds built a 9-0 lead and went on to cruise to the 10-2 victory.
Ahrens, Tyler Blair and Hesser combined to drive in eight runs for the Reds. Logan Brabec also reached base three times against Beresford.
Ahrens pitched well for the Reds and earned the win, going six innings while allowing just six hits and two runs. He struck out eight opposing hitters.
WSB capped the tournament with a 10-2 win over Lennox late Sunday night.
The Reds needed just five innings to earn the victory.
The offense produced 13 hits and was powered by three hits from Ahrens and two more Hesser and Blair.
Oden drove in three runs and Kmiecik and Ahrens added two more. Kmiecik scored three times.
Sabatka worked all five innings for the Reds and earned his second win of the week.
The 5-1 week improved the Reds record to 11-3 on the season.