Tony Ripa gave up only two hits on Monday as Papillion-LaVista beat North Platte 16-0 at the Juniors State Baseball Tournament at Bill Wood Field.With the loss, the North Platte First National Bank Juniors end the season with a 24-33 record.
"We started off strong but (the 13-run fifth inning) was the story of our season," said Juniors coach Adam Sterup. "We showed our inexperience again. One error led to another and we gave up a little."
North Platte pitcher Jace Barker held the Monarchs scoreless in the first two innings. But in the third, Papillion-LaVista got out to a 2-0 lead.
K.C. Siwa scored the first run by sacrificing himself as he grounded out to shortstop Dylan Petersen. Then Cal Mathison hit a bloop single to right field for another run.
Papillion scored another run against Barker in the third on Colin Chick's sacrifice with one out.
In the beginning of the fifth, Barker was relieved by Braiden Ruffin and the Monarchs scored another run on Ethan Wolbach's double to right to make it 4-0.
After getting only one out, Ruffin was relieved by Brendan Folk and that's when it all fell apart for the First Nationals. Papillion scored 12 more runs as North Platte just couldn't get anyone out.
The Nationals committed four errors in what was their final inning of the season.
"I thought all of our pitchers threw well," Sterup said. "The runs we gave up don't show that. But they didn't have the walks that were plaguing us and they did a good job against a well-coached team."
Sterup said he sensed a big inning coming from Papillion in the fifth, which was why he took Barker off the mound.
"He just looked like he was tired and they were starting to get to him," he said. "Braiden struggled a little bit, so I brought in Folk, who has been one of our most consistent strike throwers. We needed to get something over the plate."
In the bottom of the fifth, Ripa got the final three outs to finish off the shutout and end the game early via the run rule.