Courtesy Nebraska Farm Bureau
The Express, Buffalo Bill Tournament runner-up. Front row, from left: Shayla Kummer, Bri Schade, Sadie Vargas, Mikenzi Wiseman, Reanna Crane and Rachel Kosmacek.
Back row: Coach Mark Franzen, Kayln Hahn, Ashten Hernandez, Sally Hengen, Christina Yoshida, Aura Adkisson, Brooke Boucher, Kaite Franzen and Sydney Standage
The North Platte Express competed in the Buffalo Bill Softball Tournament June 7-9 and finished with the runner-up trophy. North Platte went 2-1 in pool play. They defeated the Velocity, dropped the second game to the McCook Rebels and defeated the Colorado Dirt Diamonds.
In tournament play North Platte defeated Gothenburg 6-2 in four innings behind Ashten Hernandez, who went 2-2 and hit a home run.
Express pitcher Bri Schade allowed two runs over four innings. She struck out one, walked three and gave up four hits.
The game's last lead went to North Platte thanks to a second inning rally that put five runs across the plate on a two-run double by Brooke Boucher, an error, a groundout by Kaite Franzen and an RBI single by Hernandez.
An early boost from Mikenzi Wiseman helped North Platte get past the McCook Rebels 7-3.
Wiseman's Grand Slam homerun in the first inning put North Platte up 4-2. She racked up 4 RBIs on two hits.
Hernandez got it done in the circle on the way to the win. She allowed three runs over four innings, struck out three, walked none, and gave up one hit.
In the championship game North Platte faced the Loveland Rage.
Franzen went 3-3 at the plate, but North Platte still fell to Loveland 8-4 in five innings.
The lead stayed with Loveland after the first, when it scored one run on a fielder's choice. Loveland built on its lead with seven runs in the second.
Three runs in the top of the fifth helped North Platte close its deficit to 8-4. An RBI double by Reanna Crane and a two-run single by Wiseman set off the North Platte rally. The game ended when Rachel Kosmacek grounded out.
The Express will return to action Tuesday, June 11 at home in a double-header with rival McCook.