After losing a heartbreaker to Lincoln Southeast on Sunday, the North Platte First National Bank Seniors defeated Ogallala 6-3 to end the Kwik Stop Tournament at Bill Wood Field."I thought they responded very well," said Seniors coach Rick Ostergard. "They played a good game (against Ogallala). They were patient at the plate with (Ogallala pitcher) Cody Corfield. He's a good pitcher."
Against Lincoln Southeast, the First Nationals (12-8) led 8-3 at the end of two innings. But Southeast scored four in the third to get back into it.
The Knights scored a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull ahead of North Platte and get the win.
"I felt we should have been 4-0 in this tournament," Ostergard said. "We gave that game away with the errors we made. It was very different performance than what we had with Hays."
Against Ogallala, the Nationals scored the first two runs. In the first inning, North Platte took the lead when Jack Kenny came home on a throwing error by Ogallala catcher Justin Corfield.
In the fourth, Ty Brockmoller brought in another run with a one-out sacrifice to makie it 2-0.
But First Nationals pitcher Drew Callaghan struggled in the fifth inning. Ogallala scored its first two runs when Quinton Hite and Ty Neill hit singles to left field.
Ogallala then took the lead when Elliot Carlson drew a bases loaded walk.
The lead didn't last for long. After Cody Corfield retired the first two Nationals batters, Darian Allberry hit a triple to right field and he scored on a throwing error on the play to tie the game.
In the sixth, Alex Harms hit a two-run triple to right to give North Platte a 5-3 lead. Drew Beyer then singled up the middle to bring Harms and make it a three-run lead.
Callaghan closed things out in the seventh and the First Nationals ended the tournament with a 3-1 record.
"We were real patient at the plate," said Ostergard. "We got hits and Ogallala made some throwing errors. We were aggressive on the basepaths and the mistakes they made gave us the win."