I-70 baseball all-stars come back to beat Kaysinger

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Some of the best area graduating high school baseball players got one last chance to shine in the 13th annual I-70 vs. Kaysinger Senior All-Star Game, and the top talent from the I-70 Conference put together a late rally to knock off the Kaysinger Conference 6-4 on Friday, June 2 at the Concordia Sports Complex.

The I-70 jumped on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Holden Bargfrede of Santa Fe and Tanner Brandes from Crest Ridge picked up back-to-back singles to open the game.

After a groundout from Wellington’s Blake Bunch drove in one run, former Concordia Oriole Spencer Brown drove in the other on a groundout to second base for the early 2-0 edge.

The Kaysinger All-Stars would respond with a pair of runs each in the top of the second and third for a 4-2 lead. But the I-70 would start the rally in the bottom of the fourth. Concordia’s Tate Bittiker singled with one out and scored on a base hit by Bargfrede.

The I-70 All-Stars tied things up in the fifth. Former Saint Paul Saint Ryan Kollbaum doubled to lead off the frame, and Brown drove him in with a solid base hit to center field to knot the game at four.

After Bargfrede threw a scoreless top of the sixth, the I-70 took the lead for good in the bottom half. Santa Fe’s Alex Smith drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a single by Bargfrede.

Brandes grounded out to drive in Smith with the go-ahead run, and Bunch added a two-out RBI knock for insurance. Kollbaum came on to pitch the seventh and locked up the save.

Bargfrede was the game’s MVP, striking out the side in his only inning pitched while also finishing with three hits and two runs scored. Brown and Bunch each drove in a pair of runs. John Sparks of Concordia was also on the roster and reached base twice on a walk and a hit by pitch.

Bittiker got the start on the mound and allowed two runs over two innings on four hits while striking out three. Dobber Burton of Santa Fe threw 2 innings, walking 2 and recording 5 K’s.

The I-70 is now 8-3 in the series with the Kaysinger, with the game having been rained out twice. Concordia’s Nate Beissenherz and Saint Paul’s Eric Gramenz were the coaches.

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