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North Platte's Dylan Petersen holds on to a pop fly ball in the first game.
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North Platte's Kevin Hancock checks his swing.

The North Platte First National Bank Juniors self-destructed on Tuesday for a combined eight errors as they were swept by Hastings 6-0 and 12-2 at Bill Wood Field.

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The Juniors (12-5) had gotten off to such a good start this season that it was easy to forget how young a team it was. With their effort on Tuesday, Juniors coach Adam Sterup was reminded that there was still some work to do for them to become consistent.

"This is definitely a young team and that showed tonight," Sterup said. "They've still got to learn how to play in a big game."

In the opening game, Hastings scored their first run with one out in the first inning when Cole Maurer hit a double to left field. Blaine Dreher then followed with another double, but his two-bagger drove in two runs and it was 3-0.

In the second inning, two more runs came across for Hastings when North Platte leftfielder Kevin Hancock dropped a fly ball from Maurer.

Hastings scored their last run of the game in the third inning. But that was all they needed with the pitching of Matt Krontz. North Platte was able to get runners on base against Krontz but they couldn't get the big hit they needed against him.

"Almost all of the runs they scored in that game were unearned," Sterup said. "Our pitchers didn't throw enough strikes and when they did, we didn't play defense behind him. Then we struggled with their pitcher. We didn't make adjustments at the plate."

The second game wasn't much better. Hastings again scored the first run of the game in the opening inning. Maurer reached on a throwing error to first base by third baseman Dominic Martinez.

But the third inning was what did the First Nationals in. Hastings scored six unearned runs with two outs after first baseman Kobe Lawrence dropped a throw from shortstop Dylan Petersen. 

After falling behind 7-0, North Platte scored its only two runs of the night when Petersen hit a two-run single into left off of pitcher Cole Spady.

Hastings finished the Nationals off in the sixth inning by scoring five more runs.

"It was like deja vu from the first game," Sterup said. "In the first big inning they had, we don't get an out on an easy ground ball and the next thing you know, we're down five runs."


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