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story.lead_photo.caption Zach Woehr of the Renegades Gold team slides into second base as Wyatt Towe of the Renegades White team reaches down to catch the ball during Saturday night's scrimmage at Vivion Field. Photo by Greta Cross / News Tribune.

There was a little something for everyone.

For three innings, it was a good ol' fashioned pitchers' duel as the Renegades hosted a summer scrimmage at Vivion Field. And then were was some pops at the plate in what turned out to be an entertaining 4-3 win for the White against the Gold.

"Every night has gotten a little bit better, I think the players are getting into more of a groove," Renegades coach Mike DeMilia said. "They should be ready for fall ball, I think it's been a success."

Drew Boessen of the White and Kaden Helsel of the Gold were dealing on the mound early.

"I hadn't seen Drew pitch in the last couple of years and you can see how he has developed," DeMilia said. "We've had Kaden here with us before so we kind of knew what to expect."

Boessen (Helias High School) threw 27 strikes in 39 pitches in his three innings of work. Helsel (South Callaway) had 24 strikes in his 36 pitches.

"They both have very good stuff, but the important thing is they throw strikes," DeMilia said. "There are kids that have really good stuff, but don't always know where it's going. Those two are really good pitchers."

Boessen allowed a run on two hits with five strikeouts. The run came with one out in the second inning on a homer by Isaiah Pani that banged off the foul pole at the 300-foot mark in right field.

"He's really swung the bat pretty well during these scrimmages," DeMilia said. "He didn't get a lot of playing time at Central Missouri, but he's taken advantage of being able to get out on the field and getting some swings."

Helsel threw three shutout frames, giving up one hit and one walk while recording three strikeouts.

The Gold made it 3-0 with two more solo home runs in the top of the fourth. With one out, Trevor Austin drilled a 3-0 pitch over the fence in center.

"That ball was hammered," DeMilia said.

Dylan Watson followed with a blast of his own, knocking one off the top the shed in left-center.

The White got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Parker Schnieders (Helias) drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-1.

The White tied it in the fifth. Wyatt Towe led off with a single and advanced to second on a grounder before moving to third on a balk. Bryce McKinnon then singled to score Towe. Hayden Salmons (Blair Oaks) followed with a double to put runners at second and third before Josef Keilholz (Fatima) singled to score McKinnon.

The White then closed out the win in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Mantle (Linn, Creighton) led off with a double before moving to third on a groundout. After a strikeout and a walk by Schnieders, Duffin Makings bounced a single to left to plate Mantle with the game-winner in the six-inning scrimmage.

"We had some home runs and some good defensive plays, it was a game I would expect to see if these guys were playing all the time," DeMilia said.

The Renegades will wrap up the summer schedule Wednesday night. The team will hold a Home Run Derby starting at 6 p.m., followed by a single-game scrimmage.

"I'm not sure how many guys will be in the Derby, but it should be a fun time," DeMilia said. "It should be a laid-back night."


The scrimmage was delayed in the top of the fifth inning when the home plate umpire had to leave the field due to the heat.

"He's fine, he just got a little overheated," DeMilia said. "He's been umpiring a ton of baseball this summer and it's been so hot, I'm sure it was just an accumulation of things.

"He was being safe, it's not worth it to have something more serious happen."

The field umpire called balls and strikes from behind the mound the remainder of the scrimmage.

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