Post 230 shortstop Lucas Engen fires to first for an out in the fifth inning of Aurora’s 16-6, seven-inning win over Kingsbury County during American Legion baseball action Monday night at Aurora Field. Photo by Sean Welsh/Register
AURORA – Post 230 made the most of its home finale.
Aurora pounded out 15 hits, including five doubles, and came away with a 16-6 win over Kingsbury County in an American Legion baseball game Monday night at Aurora Field.
Aurora led 7-5 through four innings before scoring three in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Andrew Foley staked the visitors to an early lead with a two-run single in the top of the first.
Post 230 answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again. Lucas Engen got it going with a two-run double and then scored on Justin Behrend’s single. Aaron Held and Tyler Madler both scored after that to make it 5-2.
Behrend made it 7-2 in the second with a two-run single.
Kingsbury County took advantage of a couple of errors to score three runs in the third. Zach Warnke, who led off the inning with a single, Austin Gilbertson and Lane Weber all scored to pull KC within 7-5.
Aurora retook control in the fifth. Behrend led off with a double and later scored on a balk; and Aaron Held had an RBI double before scoring on a passed ball to make it 10-5.
Brodrick Wendland scored Kingsbury County’s final run in the top of the sixth.
In the bottom of the frame, Justin Sweet led off with a double and Sawyer Caldwell followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Sweet then took home as Caldwell stole second; and Caldwell later scored on Austin Held’s sacrifice fly to make it 12-6.
Ryen Zerfas and Sweet both had an RBI single in the seventh, before Engen’s hit ended the game.
Behrend and Madler both had three hits to pace Aurora. Sweet, Engen and Austin Held added two hits apiece. Sweet (four) and Caldwell (three), Post 230’s Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, combined for seven runs.
Austin Held tossed a complete game, allowing six runs – four earned – on seven hits with nine strikeouts and five walks to earn the win.
Warnke had three hits and Foley added two for Kingsbury County. Brant Gilbertson took the loss on the mound.
Aurora (9-13) plays a doubleheader at Volga on Thursday at 6 p.m.
AURORA 16, KINGSBURY COUNTY 6
KC 203 001 0 – 6 7 8
Aurora 520 032 4 – 16 15 6
Brant Gilbertson and Lane Weber; Austin Held and Nick Hanson, Ryen Zerfas (3). W – Austin Held. L – Gilbertson. 2B: A, Justin Sweet, Lucas Engen, Justin Behrend, Austin Held, Aaron Held.