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Sidney run-ruled by Chadron

SIDNEY, Neb. - The Sidney American Legion senior baseball team (4-5) returned to Legion Field on Tuesday night after having a week off since their last outing, an 8-4 victory over Alliance. The win last Tuesday increased Sidney’s winning streak to three while their opponent, Chadron (11-7) entered the evening having lost six of their last seven.

This marked the second meeting of the season between Sidney and Chadron as the two teams met in the Chadron Wood Bat Tournament earlier this month with the home team winning in walk-off fashion, 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

Chadron scored first as opposing pitcher Coy Bila was able to knock in Xavier Goings with an RBI single in the top of the first off of his counterpart, Zach Means. Sidney went quietly in order in both the first and second innings as Bila recorded three strikeouts through his first two innings of work.

Means started to find his own groove out on the mound for Sidney as well as he punched out four of five batters ranging from the second to third inning. It was in the third, however, when Chadron put together a two-out rally and two more runs came into score to increase their lead to 3-0.

Sidney was able to find some success against Bila in the bottom of the inning as Dante Peterson doubled down the first base line and Zach Holtz drove him in with an RBI single of his own. Holtz ended up stranded on first to end the inning, and Chadron opened it up in the top of the fourth.

Aided by, unofficially, four errors, Chadron manufactured six runs, chased Means from the mound, and batted around in the half inning. Mike Gieseler and Bila both had two-RBI doubles as the visitors broke it open, 9-1. Means finished with three and a third innings of work, giving up six hits, struck out five, walked two, eight runs scored with four earned.

Sidney once again was sat down in order by Bila in the bottom of the fourth and Chadron added two more in the top of the fifth off two sacrifices, a groundout by Gieseler and a controversial flyout by Jayden Stack and Goings was able to tag up from second and score. With the score 11-1 going to the bottom of the inning, Sidney needed one run to avoid the 10-run rule after five.

Bila came back out on the mound and had other ideas as he, for the third time, sat Sidney down in order to secure the Chadron victory. The righty threw all five innings, striking out seven while issuing only one walk, two hits and allowing the one earned run.

Sidney will turn around and play Morrill (0-10) this evening on the road, a team they beat 15-0 in the Chadron Wood Bat Tournament earlier this month. They will return to Legion Park to take on Bridgeport next Wednesday.

 
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