Huron trounces Watertown in Junior Legion twinbill

PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Huron’s Tanner Gilbert dives back to second base after getting caught in a run down during a game Monday against Watertown at Klock Field. He was safe on the play.

HURON – The bats were swinging well on Monday evening for the Huron Post 7 Junior Legion team, hosting Watertown for a doubleheader. The home team would only get to play a total of eight innings before mercy rules finished both games with Huron on top 15-0 and 12-2.

In the first game, the Tigers stormed out with seven runs in the first inning and after a scoreless second inning, put up eight runs in the bottom of the third inning to reach the 15-run rule.

Jack Pederson got the start on the mound for Huron, going three shutout innings, striking out five on just 46 pitches.

The Tigers offense put up 15 runs on 10 hits, seven walks and a pair of hit batters. Trace Wenz, Bubba Peterson, and Vinny Bales each had a pair of hits. One of Wenz’s knocks was a double, the only Huron extra-base hit of the game.

Kolby Hofer stole a pair of bases while Pederson and Bales each tallied a steal apiece.

In the second game, the Huron offense put up runs in all five innings before reaching the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth inning to win 12-2.

Trace Wenz started the game on the mound for Huron, going two innings, allowing one run and striking out three. He was relieved by Tanner Gilbert, who went three innings, allowed one run, and struck out a pair of Watertown hitters.

The Huron offense pounded out 13 hits in the second game, led by Bubba Peterson. Peterson tallied three hits, including two doubles, scored three runs, and stole a base.

Logan Leyendecker also had three hits in the game, including a double and a stolen base. Vinny Bales slapped a pair of singles for Huron.

Kolby Hofer, Jack Pederson, and Jackson Mattke each had a stolen base in the victory.

The pair of victories moves the Junior Legion’s record on the season to 3-2. The squad is back in action Thursday, hosting Renner for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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