Baseball: Starbuck Jr. Legion Team tops Eden Valley-Watkins 4-2 in a playoff game

Alex Panitzke strikes out five in playoff win

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Following an opening round bye, the Starbuck Junior Legion baseball team took down Eden Valley-Watkins 4-2 on Friday.

Starbuck scored a run in the third inning, fourth inning and a pair in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Six different players had a hit for Starbuck, led by Dylan Alexander and Jack Majerus with two. Majerus, Alexander, Levi Johnson and Alex Panitzke had an RBI for Starbuck.

Panitzke struck out five batters in seven innings pitched. He held Eden Valley-Watkins to five hits and just one earned run.

With the win on Friday, Starbuck will play a home playoff game on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. If Starbuck wins, it’ll advance to the Division II North Central Sub-State Championship on Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m. and play, if necessary, at 1:30 p.m at BOLD High School in Olivia. If Starbuck losses on Tuesday, Starbuck will play on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in Olivia.


The winner of the north central sub-state will be one of the eight teams to advance to the D2 Junior Legion State Tournament in Ely on Aug. 4-6.

This tournament is in a double-elimination format.

Eden Valley-Watkins - 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 5 0

Starbuck - 0 0 1 1 2 0 X - 4 8 1

STARBUCK PITCHING - Alex Panitzke - W - 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 SO

STARBUCK BATTING - Levi Johnson, 0-1, RBI, BB; Jack Majerus, 2-3, RBI; Dylan Alexander, 2-3, RBI; Noah Jensen, 1-3; Ryland Martin, 1-3; Austin Weber, 1-3; Alex Panitzke, 1-3; Austin Ballhagen, 0-1, BB; Nathaniel Dell, 0-2; Caden Larson, 0-1

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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