Hennager Plumbing opens NAFA AA World Series with big win over ECL Bronx

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2017

BRENT MESHKE pitched Hennager Plumbing of Lake Crystal, Minn. to a 4-2 victory over the ECL Bronx in a NAFA AA World Series game, Friday, at Northside Softball Complex. Photo BY BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA AA World Series

FARGO – Hennager Plumbing of Lake Crystal, Minn. opened the NAFA AA World Series matched up against one of the strongest hitting ball clubs in the nine-team tournament and came away with a huge win.

Led by the steady pitching of Brent Meshke, a sure-handed defense, and timely hitting, the Plumbers defeated the ECL Bronx of Saskatchewan, Canada, 4-2, Friday afternoon at Northside Softball Complex.

Meshke battled through a heavy-hitting lineup of Bronx bombers by scattering 10 hits, walking two and striking out four. He mixed his rise ball with a sharp breaking drop and kept the Bronx off balance with his change-up.

When Meshke needed the defense to come to his aid, it did – superbly – including Brent’s brother, first baseman Derek Meshke, who made the ‘play of the game’ in the sixth inning.

The Bronx had scored a run on a pair of hits and threatened to keep the inning alive with leadoff batter Matt Chambers at the plate and a runner aboard.

Chambers squared up on a Meshke pitch and drilled a hard ground ball three feet inside of first base, but Derek Meshke dove to his right, snared the ball and flipped it to his brother racing over to cover first base for the final out of the inning.

, CRAIG GEISLER hits a clean single for the ECL Bronx in a NAFA AA World Series opener with Hennager Plumbing at Northside Softball Complex, Friday.

The Bronx threatened again in the seventh with a pair of singles putting runners at first and second with two out, but Meshke’s drop ball sent the ball bounding into the glove of second baseman Brandon Friedrich who tossed it over to Derek Meshke for the final out.

Bronx right-hander, Jeremy Kenny, pitched a a complete game, giving up seven hits, striking out 11, and walking five, but costly errors aided Hennager scoring opportunities.

The win moves the Plumbers into Saturday’s second round against the Calihoo Chiefs at 4 p.m. The Chiefs hammered Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois 19-2 to advance.

The Plumbers collected six hits, led by Chris Bambenek, 2-for-3, and Spencer Yackel, 2-for-4. (Complete stats for Hennager’s and the Bronx not available on the Play NAFA website at publishing time .)

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