The North Platte First National Bank Seniors split its two games at home on Sunday. They defeated Canon City, Colo. in the first game 9-1 before losing a heartbreaker to Lincoln Southeast 10-8.In the second game against Lincoln Southeast, North Platte fell behind 3-0 in the first inning with Max Colligan and Caleb Califiore getting RBI base hits against pitcher Riley Vieyra.
But North Platte (10-8) responded in the bottom half of the inning. Drew Callaghan hit a single to right field to score the first two runs. Then Ty Brockmoller sacrificed himself to tie the game before Marcus Silos gave North Platte the lead with a single to right.
The Nationals then added two more runs in the second as Austin Bennett replaced the Southeast starter, Nolan Hoffman. But in the third, Southeast scored two runs after Adam Horn reached on a dropped ball by Callaghan at first base.
Both teams battled the rest of the way. Southeast tied the game at 7-7 in the sixth inning and North Platte took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning when Silos hit a two-out single up the middle.
But the lead didn't stick. With two outs, Horn hit a two-run double to right to give the Knights the lead at 9-8. Southeast added another for good measure when Joel Maxwell hit a single into right.
In the bottom of the seventh, Alec Wesslund drew a leadoff walk from Colligan, who relieved Bennett in the third inning. But North Platte couldn't move him along and Southeast came away with the win.
In the first game of the day against Canon City, the First Nationals had no problem. They scored four runs in the first and three runs in the second and they never looked back. Darian Allberry got the complete game victory for North Platte.
North Platte saw the same result on Sunday that it did on Saturday to begin the weekend. On the first day of the tournament, they also split both games by defeating Canon City and losing to Lincoln Southeast.
In the first game against Canon City, the First Nationals got a complete game shutout from Ty Brockmoller to win 4-0. North Platte scored its first run in the third inning when Jack Kenny scored on a passed ball by catcher Cameron Brosh.
Then in the fifth, North Platte rallied. With two outs, Allberry doubled to left-center to score two runs. Luke Volz then followed with an RBI single to center to score the final run of the game.
But the Nationals couldn't get anything going in the second game against Southeast. They only had two hits against pitcher Noah Kulhanek in the 7-0 loss. The Knights scored six of their seven runs in the fourth inning when they chased North Platte pitcher Levi Nekuda from the game.
Devan Hovden relieved Nekuda and he kept Southeast from scoring the run that would have put the run rule into effect. Hovden threw three straight scoreless innings.