The North Platte First National Bank Seniors busted open a close game against Grand Island on Tuesday for an 8-1 victory at Bill Wood Field."Our boys played a real good game," Seniors coach Jason Pflughaupt said. "They did everything they needed to do to win."
Neither team scored in the first four innings as pitchers Dominic Martinez of North Platte and Grand Island's Gage Rose battled it out.
The First Nationals (19-12) struck first in the top of the fifth inning of the Cornhusker League game when Kade Wroot hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field with one out to score Gabe Vyzourek.
That play left the bases empty for North Platte. But they were able to take advantage of the lack of control by Rose and score another run on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
On the other end, Martinez was cruising along until the sixth inning when he walked Will Nordhues to load the bases with one out.
Martinez was relieved by Caden Comer. Comer hit his first batter, Gerard Dunning, to score a run. But he got Kansas Jayhawk recruit Casey Burnham to ground to second baseman Benny Brockmoller, who tagged out Dunning and threw to first base for the double play.
Going into the seventh, Tucker Krzycki relieved Ryan Krolikowski, who got GI out of the fifth and held the First Nationals scoreless in the sixth.
North Platte got going when Peyton Vieyra got an RBI by reaching on an error. Then Brockmoller grounded a single into left to make it 4-1.
Two more scored when Vyzourek reached on a throwing error by Nordhues at third base. Braiden Ruffin then singled to right, scoring another run and Wroot followed with an RBI single to shallow right-center to make it 8-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, Comer held Grand Island (29-8) scoreless to close out the win.
"Dom threw well and he was ahead of the count a lot," Pflughaupt said. "It was good when we were up 2-1 and we added a bunch of runs to make it tough for them to come back."
A doubleheader was scheduled for Tuesday and the second game started just 10 minutes after the end of the first in anticipation of severe weather.
The second game started like the first with neither team scoring a run for the first two and a half innings. But in the bottom of the third, a thunderstorm hit and the game was rained out.