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Ethan Harding rounds third to score a run for Bennington as they defeated Fort Calhoun 12-2 on Tuesday, July 3. Photo: Morgan O’Rear

After a 3-1 road trip up to Minnesota, Bennington Post 266 looked to get back in action on Tuesday, July 3, as they traveled to Fort Calhoun.

Bennington came into the game with the goal of switching up their rotation with the post season in mind. Cole Schumacher got the start.

In the top of the first, Jacob Wageman got hit by the pitch, allowing Bennington to get their leadoff man on, but he ended up getting caught trying to steal second. Ethan Harding and Colton Smith then drew one-out walks. Mitch in den Bosch managed to bring home the first run of the game with a one-out single. Jackson Martin loaded up the bases with a third walk, but Post 266 had to leave all three stranded.

In the bottom of the inning, Zach Wullenwaber followed up a strikeout from Schumacher by picking off the Fort Calhoun runner as he tried to steal second before a ground out ended the inning.

In the top of the second, Cody Flynn drew a leadoff walk, as did Jake Gillen. This forced Fort Calhoun to bring in a new pitcher to try and slow Bennington down. It didn’t work though as Wageman was hit by the pitch for the second time in a row to load up the bases with no outs. Harding followed this up with a no-out RBI single, Smith then hit into a fielder’s choice with Fort Calhoun getting the out at second.Bennington though brought in a third run and kept runners on the corners with one out. In den Bosch kept the inning alive, drawing a walk to reload the bases, and a sac fly from Grant Carl made it 4-0 Bennington after 1-1/2 innings.

Bennington kept it going in the top of the third as Zach Wullenwaber got a leadoff single with two outs. courtesy runner Nick Bohn stole second, and Jacob Wageman drilled an RBI double to make it 5-0.

Bennington brought in Cooper Prososki to pitch in the bottom of the third and then brought in Nick Bohn to finish the game off.

Post 266 scored one more run in the top of the sixth and then slammed the door shut on any Fort Calhoun comeback in the top of the seventh. Wullenwaber got things started with a single to center field. Cody Flynn followed this up with a double, and Wallingford drew a walk to load up the bases. Wageman then drilled a line drive to right field for a 2-RBI double. Ethan Harding repeated the play with a line drive to left field for a double and 2 more RBIs. A third double, this time from Cooper Prososki, put two runners on. A single from Wyatt Knutson-Smith brought in the last two runs as Bennington won the game 12-2.

Bennington was led by Jacob Wageman with 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Ethan Harding had 1 hit and 3 RBIs, Wyatt Knutson-Smith had 1 hit and 2 RBIs, Mitch in den Bosch and Cole Schumacher both had 2 hits and 1 RBI, Colton Smith and Grant Carl both had 1 RBI, Zach Wullenwaber had 2 hits, and Cooper Prososki, Cody Flynn and Jake Gillen each had 1 hit. Cole Schumacher got the win, pitching 2 innings and striking out 1.