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(Atlantic) A seven run first inning led Denison/Schleswig past Atlantic 10-6 Monday night in a Hawkeye Ten Conference Baseball game at Denison.


Both teams slugged it out in the first three innings before the game tamed down in the final four frames.  The Trojans grabbed a 3-0 nothing lead in the top of the first on Dalton Franken’s three run homer, but the Monarch’s answered with seven runs in the bottom half. Sean Houston smacked a three run homer to tie the game, and Brayden Schurke launched a two run dinger to give the Monarchs a 5-3 lead with nobody down. Taylor Thul and Ryan Riemers added to the cause with RBI singles to move the score to 7-3 Denison/Schleswig after one inning.


The Trojans closed the gap to 7-5 on Zach Nelson’s two run homer in the top of the second,  but the Monarch’s kept Atlantic at arms length in their side of the inning.  Houston crossed home plate on a Trojan error and Schurke tacked another run on Taylor Thul RBI walk to make it a 9-5 game after two.


In the top of the third Ryan Hawkins scored on a Monarch error to tighten the game to 9-6, but Derek Khronke scored for Denison/Shleswig on a throw to first base in bottom of the third to extend their lead to 10-6 which would eventually be the final score of the game.


The Monarch’s scored 10-runs on 13-hits, and Atlantic scored six runs on four hits led by Dalton Franken who finished the game three-for-four including that three run homer. Zach Nelson popped a two-run homer for the Trojans fourth hit of the contest.


Robert Lyons led the Monarch at the plate. The senior first baseman was a perfect four-for-four. Derek Khronke went three-for-four; Sam Houston was two-for-three with three RBI’s including a three-run homer. Brayden Schurke was one-four two with his first inning a two-run homer.


Freshman pitcher Brandon Brotherton picked up the win for the Monarchs and Tristen Benn was tagged with the loss for the Trojans.


Atlantics’ record is now 0-10 on the year, Denison-Schleswig moves to 5-5.


June 10, 2013