- AREA 5 LEGION BASEBALL: Mistakes Loom Over Union Bank, After JC Brager Victory
By Jeff Motz
Three costly errors in the third inning ultimately spelled doom for Union Bank of Lincoln Pius X.
The Thunderbolts were uncharacteristically unable to make routine plays, which helped JC Brager of Lincoln Southeast in a four-run rally and eventually hold on to a 9-5 win over UBT Saturday in the winner's bracket of the Area 5 Legion Baseball Tournament at Sherman Field.
Grant Roscoe reached base and advanced to second after Union Bank shortstop Riley Ward committed a throwing error. Nate Trenhaile then reached a throwing error made by UBT third baseman Joe Raun.
After Tyler Workman's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners into scoring position, Grant Detlefsen's ground ball to third and Raun's throw for the force out at home and Roscoe scored for a 3-2 JC Brager lead.
Designated hitter Cory Koranda delivered an RBI single that brought in Trenhaile and Austin Jisa's single scored Detlefsen and Cade Cooper delivered again with his second hit and third RBI of the game that gave Brager a 6-2 lead.
After Brager's rally in the third, Union Bank chipped away but could never even things up. Camden Brichacek, who connected on three hits and scored three times, doubled and later scored. In the fifth, Joe Raun reached after being hit by a pitch, then Brichacek got on with a single. Dayne Kreikemeier and Riley Ward each singled and drove in runs, trailing Brager 6-5.
Brager pulled away for good in the eighth when Jaxson Johnson singled and after advancing, scored off a single from Garrett Olson. In the ninth, Trenhaile led off with a double and Workman followed that with a single before Koranda got his second RBI off a single and Johnson's sac fly to right field scored Workman.
Koranda went 4-for-5 at the plate for Brager, with two RBI and scoring two times. Cade Cooper, who delivered a two-run double to tie the game in the second inning, was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Union Bank slugger Derek Kolbush was 1-for-4, including a two-run single in the first that gave the 'Bolts a 2-0 lead.