Junior Reds upset Wayne
The Strategic Legacy Advisors Lakeview Reds opened the 2019 season on a high note Wednesday at home, upsetting the defending Class B Junior American Legion state champions, Wayne, 5-4.
A 2-RBI single by Sam Kwapnioski in the bottom of the seventh gave the Reds the walk-off win in a game they trailed 4-1 just an inning earlier.
Kwapnioski was 2 for 3 on the night with his 2-RBI hit and a run scored. He also contributed three innings of work on the mound allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four.
Brody Mickey earned the win, pitching the top of the seventh while keeping Wayne off the board and recording a strikeout. At the plate, Mickey went 2 for 4 and scored two runs.
Strategic Legacy Advisors was back in action on Thursday evening in a road contest at Schuyler. The juniors preceded the Bank of the Valley Lakeview Seniors also in action in their first game of the legion season.
“For a young team with all freshman except for two, we played very well and hung around against a very talented and well-coached Wayne team, coach Travis Tessendorf said in comments sent to The Telegram. “I was really pleased with our three pitchers - Sam Kwapnioski, Cooper Tessendorf and Brody Mickey. The three combined to only allow four hits in seven innings.
“Garrett Oakley had an exceptional game behind the plate and blocked the ball very well, which allows our pitchers to have more confidence to throw breaking balls.”
Kwapnioski made the start followed by three innings of two runs and two hits on Tessendorf with four strikeouts before he yielded the mound to Mickey.
“Offensively, Brody Mickey and Sam Kwapnioski both had two hits each. However, Ean Luebbe, Logan Jaixen, Cooper Tessendorf, Shayden Lundstrom and Haustyn Forney all had good at bats and found ways to get on base and put pressure on the Wayne pitchers and defense,” Tessendorf said.
Mickey led off the night with a single and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Reds lead after one inning. They then went scoreless over the next four while Wayne tied the game on an RBI double from Jacob Kneifl in the second then added another in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Kwapnioski reached with a single in the sixth then came around to score and cut the deficit to 4-2.
The walk-off win in the Reds’ last at bat started with Jaixen and Luebbe earning their spot on base with a hit-by-pitch. With one out, Jaixen came across on yet another Wayne wild pitch making the score 4-3.
Mickey singled in the following at bat, moving Luebbe to third. Forney then drew a walk and loaded the bases full of Reds.
Kwapnioski drilled a 1-2 pitch over the right fielder’s head scoring Luebbe then Mickey for the win.
“I’m very proud of the team last night,” Tessendorf said. “We have a lot of talent, but we can also play a lot better in several areas.
“Good first win.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.