The North Platte First National Bank Seniors dropped a doubleheader to Grand Island on July 2 at Bill Wood Field.Grand Island won the two games by scores of 8-4 and 5-1.
In the first game, GI (16-14) scored three runs in the third inning off North Platte pitcher Luke Volz to get started.
Logan Greenwalt scored the first run when he reached on an error by third baseman Riley Vieyra. Then Jaden Coen hit a one-out single to right field to make it 2-0. The third and final run of the side came on a double steal.
Ben Sukraw led off the fourth inning by hitting a home run to left field off of Grand Island pitcher Tanner Meyer.
But GI answered back in the bottom of the fourth with five runs. The first came on a throwing error by catcher Drew Beyer to third base. Then another run came home on a wild pitch by Volz.
Phenix Stevenson then made it 7-1 with a two-run single before Coen got another RBI to finish the scoring for Grand Island.
North Platte (20-19) scored three runs in the final two innings but it was too little, too late.
Winning the final two innings of the opening game failed to jumpstart the First Nationals in the second game.
In the second inning, Grand Island scored the first run on a two-out single up the middle by Calvin Hehnke.
Sukraw, the pitcher for North Platte in the second game, held GI scoreless the next two innings.
But with two outs in the fifth, Greenwalt hit a two-run single to center.
Grand Island scored a run each in the sixth and seventh, as well.
The First Nationals finally got on the scoreboard with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Jack Kenny hit an RBI single to right off of Seth Roberg, who was relieved by Austin Meyer immediately thereafter.
Sukraw hit a double before Meyer got Volz to fly out for the final out of the game.
The doubleheader was the deciding games in the West division of the Cornhusker League. With the sweep of the First Nationals, Grand Island won the division and will play East winner Lincoln Pius X for the championship next week.
If North Platte had won both games against GI, they would have won the West and a split would have given the division to Kearney.
The last Cornhusker League division title for North Platte came in 2000. In that year, the Seniors also won the league by beating Lincoln East 4-3.