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West Franklin Legion looks to close

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 7/10/2013

POMONA — The West Franklin American Legion A baseball team is rounding into form and appears set for next week’s Zone 2 Tournament in Chanute.

The Falcons swept the first day of the two-day round-robin Kansas Amateur Baseball Association A Tournament in Pomona. West Franklin held off Burlington, 10-9, and downed Wellsville, 9-4. Wellsville defeated Burlington, 11-5.

POMONA — The West Franklin American Legion A baseball team is rounding into form and appears set for next week’s Zone 2 Tournament in Chanute.

The Falcons swept the first day of the two-day round-robin Kansas Amateur Baseball Association A Tournament in Pomona. West Franklin held off Burlington, 10-9, and downed Wellsville, 9-4. Wellsville defeated Burlington, 11-5.

The same three teams played the second round of  the round-robin Wednesday with the winner decided by the number of wins.

West Franklin had to sweat out the opener after taking a 10-1 lead into the final inning. Burlington scored eight runs to come within a run.

“We have to keep closing,” West Franklin coach Danny Homer said. “The only thing we struggled on was little bit of closing.

“A lot of walks and hit batters and we let them back in the game. We played great the first game until the last inning.”

Wellsville scored its four runs in the final three frames.

West Franklin made the necessary plays on defense and hit the ball hard in both games.

“It was a good team effort,” Homer said. “We played some outstanding defense. We put it in play and make them work for it. We were aggressive.”

West Franklin is in its first year of Legion baseball, something Homer wanted to do to improve the skills of his young team.

“We are getting better,” he said. “They love the game and listen well. They are easy to coach.”

West Franklin jumped to a 9-1 lead on the Eagles after four innings by scoring three in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth.

Falcons’ starter Will Duda tossed all six innings in the win over Wellsville. He gave up five hits.

Wellsville scored in every inning between the second and sixth innings in building an 11-1 lead on Burlington.

Zack Ball kept Burlington bats silent until the sixth inning when he gave up four runs.

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