Turkey Valley’s Kannon Leuenberger fires to first in a recent contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Turkey Valley’s Kannon Leuenberger fires to first in a recent contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Turkey Valley baseball team (4-22, 4-7 UIC) took on an unfamiliar foe on the road, traveling to Gladbrook-Reinbeck (14-9) Friday, nearly bringing home a big win, but in the end falling, 7-6, in the final frame.

“We had some opportunities to win the game, which is always what you look for. We are playing better baseball down the stretch which as a coach is what you want to do,” said Coach Dan Stepan.

An Elliott Dietzenbach single led to the Trojans’ first run of the game in the first frame. Simon Schmitt was hit by a pitch and Kannon Leuenberger singled to drive Dietzenbach to home plate and Schmitt tacked on another run on a wild pitch. The Rebels countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first before Turkey Valley’s Seth Huinker scampered around the bases for a run.

Luke Mueller and Carson Busta were issued walks in the fourth and took advantage of an error, wild pitch and sac fly to score two more for the Trojans. Holding on to a 5-2 lead in the sixth, TV lossed its focus, giving up four runs and control of the game. Plating one run in the seventh, TV needed to regain composure, but solid hitting and baserunning by Gladbrook-Reinbeck ultimately gave the Rebels the run it needed to win, 7-6. 

Leuenberger shouldered the loss with Carter Reicks and Noah Hanson pitching in relief. Leuenberger pitched a solid five innings, striking out eight.

At the plate, Turkey Valley had five hits — all singles by Dietzenbach, Leuenberger, Eli Nymeyer, Huinker and Busta.

Coming up

Monday the Trojans hosted West Fork and Kee High in a triangular to end the regular season. Turkey Valley will face Kee High in the Class 1A District 6 quarterfinals Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in New Albin.