Humboldt fends off Neodesha late in sweep

The Cubs had to wait until the ninth inning to claim victory in their second game of a doubleheader sweep at Neodesha on Monday. Logan Page was walked with the bases loaded to bring Trey Sommer home to the plate for the winning run.



March 28, 2023 - 3:48 PM

Humboldt’s Trey Sommer fields a grounder in a game last season. Photo by Richard Luken

NEODESHA — The Humboldt High baseball team swept a pair of games against the Neodesha Bluestreaks in their season opener Monday evening.  

In the first game, Humboldt exploded at the plate for 14 runs, with four Cubs driving in two runs apiece, to secure a big 14-3 victory. In game two, it came down to the final inning for the Cubs after being knotted up at 9-9 in the bottom of the sixth for a 10-9 victory. 

Game one 

Trey Sommer got the nod to start on the mound, working 2.1 innings and allowing only one run on two hits. He also struck out three Neodesha batters before Logan Page came on to pitch in relief. 

Sam Hull, Jacob Harrington, Sommer and Page drove in two runs apiece. Colden Cook, Harrington and Page each had a team-high two hits.

Humboldt scored the first two runs in the second inning before Neodesha added their lone run of the day, a Wyatt Songer RBI, in the bottom of the third inning.The Cubs then plated three more runs in the fourth and nine runs in the fifth inning.  

Songer started at pitcher for Neodesha, allowing four runs to score on two hits through only three innings. Songer struck out five Cubs. 

Game two

Humboldt squeaked out a 10-9 victory in extra innings in the second game. At the end of the seventh inning, the score was knotted at 4-4.

The Cubs scored one run in the first inning, two more in the second inning and another in the third. Neodesha responded by scoring one run apiece in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Both teams then scored five runs in the eighth.

Humboldt came out on top in the ninth inning when they brought one run across home plate for the 10-9 win. 

Asher Hart, Hull and Harrington each drove in a team-high two runs while Hull, Sommer, Cook and Harrington each collected two hits. Sommer scored a team-high four runs in the win. Humboldt outhit Neodesha, 9-8, with fewer at bats.

Brody Gunderman allowed Neodesha to get back into the game when he toed the rubber for Humboldt in the eighth and allowed five runs to come across on three hits.

Humboldt’s Kyler Isbell threw four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and struck out five. Hull came on in relief and allowed two runs through 1.2 frames. Sommer closed it out on the mound, working 1.2 innings of shutout ball and allowing two hits. 

“It was good to come away with two wins against a much improved Neodesha team,” Humboldt coach Mike Miller said. “I thought our pitchers competed well all night but especially late in the second game. They had to pitch out of some really tough situations to give us a chance to win.”