Walk-off win marks memorable opening day at new SNC Park

Falls City’s Reese Hogue picked up the victory Saturday in the Senior Blue Storm’s season and home-opening come-from-behind walk-off victory over Sabetha. Hogue entered in the 5th inning to relieve starter Lane Scheitel and FC trailed Sabetha  9-6. FC ralllied to win 10-9. Photo by Jim Langan.

Decked out in new uniforms and playing for the first time on their beautiful new ball field, SNC Park, the Falls City Blue Storm completed an exciting sweep of Sabetha, KS, Saturday in Falls City.

The newly named “Blue Storm,” stormed back in the seniors’ game with a 10-9 walk-off  victory.

Trailing 9-7 in bottom of the seventh, FC’s Logan Scheitel knocked a pinch-hit single to left. Austin Malone then entered the game to run for Scheitel. Second baseman Jordy Stoller then reached on a single and the two later moved to second and third base, respectively, after a passed ball by Sabetha’s catcher. After Tyler DiGiacomo’s pop-out to first base,  Chaz Dunn’s single to left-center drove in Malone and Stoller to tie the game at 9-9.

The Blue Storm’s Codie Witt, who was involved in a minor collision with Dunn on a pop fly earlier in the game, showed no signs of the injury in his final at bat as he singled up the middle to drive in Dunn for the winning run.

Reese Hogue, who entered the game in the top of the fifth, picked up the victory for FC. In 2 1/3 scoreless innings, the southpaw allowed two hits, a  walk and one strikeout.

Lane Scheitel started for FC and despite 10 strikeouts, he allowed six earned on six hits and walked seven in 4 2/3 innings.

Dunn (2-4, 2B, 2RBI, 3R) and third baseman Chase Thompson (2-3, 2B, RBI, R) led the charge offensively for the Blue Storm.

FC was a little shaky defensively, as they committed two errors.

All told the teams combined for 16 hits, including six extra base hits.

The Blue Storm host Nehawka’s EMN Nationals this Sunday at SNC Park. The Juniors’ game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the Seniors will follow.


Sabetha Jrs.     1
FC Jrs.        16

Falls City’s Juniors had the bats going early and jumped out  to an early lead on Sabetha, KS en route to a decisive 16-1 victory Saturday at SNC Park.

FC scored five in the first, two in the second and eight in the third to put Sabetha away.

Logan Scheitel provided a three-run double, followed by  a RBI single by Zach Jordening and then a sacrifice fly by Austin Malone during the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Scheitel in the second inning supplied the early offense for the Juniors.

The Juniors finished 9-21 as a team at the plate, with eight of those hits being singles.

Offensively, Scheitel led FC with four RBIs. Malone and Preston Deckinger each drove in a pair of runs. Sawyer Kean and Weston Witt each scored three times for FC and crossing the plate twice were Scheitel  and Bailey Witt.

Scheitel earned the victory on the mound for the Juniors, as he struck out 13 and only allowed one run, three hits and two walks over five innings.

The Blue Storm host Nehawka’s EMN Nationals this Sunday at SNC Park. The Juniors’ game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the Seniors will follow.

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