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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • NCM Falcons Open at Home

  • The return of American Legion Baseball to Linn County, and North Central Missouri, is now complete. As the North Central Missouri Falcons play their first home game Wednesday night, as they hosted Moberly at Bucklin High School.
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      Updated NCM Falcons Schedule

      Date         Opponent   Location    Game Type and Time

      June 25 – Hannibal – Hannibal – Doubleheader starts at 6 p.m.

      June 28 – Trenton -    Mendon -   Doubleheader starts at 1 p.m.

      July 1 -    Trenton -    TBD -        Doubleheader starts at 6 p.m.

      July 2 -    Moberly -    Moberly - Doubleheader starts at 6 p.m.

      July 9 -    Chillicothe – Keytesville - Doubleheader starts at 6 p.m.

      July 13 -  Hannibal -    Brookfield - Doubleheader starts at 6 p.m.

      July 13-17 – District Tournament – TBD and Moberly - Unknown

  • The return of American Legion Baseball to Linn County, and North Central Missouri, is now complete. As the North Central Missouri Falcons play their first home game Wednesday night, as they hosted Moberly at Bucklin High School.
    In the first game of the doubleheader, the Falcons gave up a homerun on the first pitch of the game. But, they calmed down after this, allowing five more batters, but no more runs.
    In the Falcons first at-bat’s in the home portion of the season, Gage Maxwell reached on an error, stole second, and took third on a wild pitch.  Dane Robertson singled, bringing Maxwell home, and tying the game.  Robertson stole second, and took third on a wild pitch. He ended the frame stranded on third.  After one inning, the game was tied 1-1.
    Moberly would send six to the plate in the top of the second, but would plate no runs. Wyatt Kornbrust earned a walk, but ended the inning stranded. After two innings, the game remained tied at 1-1.
    Moberly plated two runs in six at-bats in the top of the third to take the lead. Drake Menconi singled with two outs, but ended the frame stranded. After three innings, the Falcons trailed 3-1.
    Moberly went down in order in the top of the fourth. But, the Falcons matched this effort, going down 1-2-3 as well. After four innings, the Falcons trailed 3-1.
    In the top of the fifth, Moberly scored six runs in 10 at-bats to lengthen their lead. Mathew Kearns reached on an error to lead off for the Falcons. Maxwell was walked, putting two on base. Robertson doubled, bringing home both baserunners. Robertson would move to third on a groundout, and Kolten Linscott was hit by a pitch. But the pair would end the inning stranded. After five innings, the Falcons trailed 9-3.
    Moberly sent five to the plate in the top of the next inning, scoring no runs. Ryan Kearns singled to lead off for the Falcons, but was taken off base in a double play. Matthew Kearns singled, and stole second, but was stranded on base. After six innings, the Falcons trailed 9-3.
    Moberly sent four to bat in the top of the seventh, but scored no runs. Maxwell singled and stole both second and third bases. However, he ended the game stranded. The North Central Missouri Falcons fell 9-3 in game one of the home opener.
    Looking at the batting stats for the Falcons: Gage Maxwell went 1-3 with a walk and three stolen bases. Dane Robertson went 2-4 with a stolen base and three RBI’s. Drake Menconi went 1-4. Kolten Linscott was hit by a pitch. Ryan Kearns went 1-3. Wyatt Kornbrust had a walk. Mathew Kearns went 1-2 with a stolen base and reached on an error.
    Page 2 of 2 - Looking at the pitching stats for the Falcons: James Davis pitched three innings, allowing three runs, one earned, five hits and walked two. Mathew Kearns pitched four innings, allowing six runs, one earned, striking out one, allowed seven hits, and walked two.
    The second game of the doubleheader is a chance for the teams to get subs into the action. The Falcons lost this game 20-0 in four innings.
    “I think this a great opportunity for our youth in Linn County and the area to be playing baseball,” said Head Coach Josh Dodd. “With the interest of baseball on the rise in the City of Brookfield, hopefully our school district will see the interest we have in this program.”
    Coach Dodd continued: “We had roughly 30 kids come out over three days for tryouts. We put a roster of 18 kids up, which is impressive for a first-year program. We hope to have both a 19-and-Under and a 17-and-Under team for next season. We have a lot of kids who are ready to play that haven’t played in four or five years, who are ready to come out and play in the future. But for now, we are seeing some really good ball teams, like we saw here tonight.”

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