Garrett Kurtenbach scoops up a ground ball down the line in a recent TV road contest at South Winn. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Garrett Kurtenbach scoops up a ground ball down the line in a recent TV road contest at South Winn. (Photo by Becky Walz)

At home for the first time this season, the Turkey Valley baseball team (1-4, 1-4 UIC) came up short in the seventh frame Tuesday night after staging a comeback against Clayton Ridge (1-4, 0-4 UIC).

“This was a good high school baseball game. We need to find a way to score early and put the pressure on the opponent,” said Coach Dan Stepan.

The Eagles lit up the scoreboard first with a run in the second inning after taking advantage of a hit batter, walk and a wild pitch. Utilizing two errors, a stolen base and a wild pitch in the third frame, Trojan junior Kalvin Langreck tied the score 1-1.

Quick to respond, Clayton Ridge scored a run on a hit batter and a double in the top of the fourth inning and a sac fly. The Eagles added to their lead in the top of the seventh, eventually scoring on an error. 

In the batter’s box in the bottom of the seventh, Noah Hanson knocked out a single to reach base. Walks issued to Langreck and Keegan Balk loaded the bases for the Trojans. At the plate with two outs, free bases to Seth Huinker and Kannon Leuenberger had the winning runs on the diamond; however, the Eagles were able to pick up the final out to defeat the Trojans.

The Trojans pounded out four hits with Garrett Kurtenbach collecting a double and single. Also putting the bat on the ball were Eli Nymeyer and Hanson.

On the mound it was Leuenberger working for four innings with three runs scored on six hits and five walks, while the senior struck out three Eagle batters. On the hill in relief were Calvin Bodensteiner and Kurtenbach.