After losing badly in its first two games of the season at Scottsbluff on Saturday, the North Platte First National Bank Seniors got its first win on Monday night with a 15-5 victory over McCook at Bill Wood Field.
"After the other day, I thought it was a great game for us," said Seniors coach Rick Ostergard. "The best thing is that we got the win and the way we responded to Saturday."
In the top of the first inning, McCook scored the first run when Cameron Burkey hit a two-out double to center field.
But the First Nationals got going in the second and scored seven runs. They took advantage of McCook pitcher Jon Spilinek.
Four of the seven came home off of wild pitches by Spilinek. After Luke Volz's two-out single to right that made it 6-1, Spilinek was replaced by Justin Kefalas. Against Kefalas, North Platte scored one more run on an infield single by Ty Brockmoller.
"We extended our plate appearances and we were patient," Ostergard said.
The Nationals never looked back and they ended the game early in the bottom of the fifth with the 10-run mercy rule after scoring three runs.
On Tuesday, North Platte opens its Cornhusker League schedule with a doubleheader at Norfolk.
Juniors slam McCook
The North Platte First National Bank Juniors scored seven runs in the third inning to pull away from McCook on its way to a 17-7 win on Monday.
McCook led 6-2 going into the bottom of the second inning. The First Nationals, who are now 2-1 after splitting its first two games of the season on Saturday against Twin Cities, scored a run in the second before erupting in the third.
In the bottom of the third, Marcus Silos tied the game on a sacrifice that allowed two runners to score. Then Austin Chitty gave North Platte the lead for good with a two-run single that made it 8-6.
Two more runs came home when Kevin Hancock tripled to left-center and then Brendan Folk scored the last run on a sacrifice to make it 11-6.