The North Platte First National Bank Seniors edged Laramie, Wyo. 4-3 on Sunday at Bill Wood Field to win their 10th straight game.The Seniors (20-10) did not play their best. They had four errors on defense and they had a hard time driving in runners on base, but they did enough things to come away with the win, their coach, Rick Ostergard said.
"They made it interesting but they found a way," he said.
North Platte scored one run each in the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead before Laramie got on the board in the fourth inning.
"We got runs across early and that was huge," Ostergard said. "We need to do a better job of keeping the momentum but it was good to put pressure on the other team."
The First Nationals still held a two-run lead going into the sixth inning. With one out, Laramie pulled to within 3-2 on a single by Kacey Bernaski. Then the game was tied when Nate Burman reached on an error by second baseman Dalton Pflughaupt.
But North Platte pitcher Luke Volz and the defense kept the Rangers from taking the lead, which Ostergard said was commendable considering the circumstances of that half-inning.
North Platte catcher Marcus Silos was taken out of the game after being suspected of receiving a concussion after diving in attempt to catch a foul ball. Jace Barker, who was previously at second base, replaced Silos and Pflughaupt came in at second. Also, centerfielder Alex Harms dropped a fly ball in right-center that set it up for Laramie to tie the game.
But in the bottom of the sixth, the Nationals took the lead when Darian Allberry drew a bases loaded walk from Albert Steiner, who had just come in for the Rangers in that inning.
In the seventh, Jack Kenny relieved Volz and he got the save by retiring all three Laramie batters in order.
"(The sixth) was a weird inning where a lot of things happened but they stuck with it," Ostergard said. "Luke did a good job of pitching and then Jack came in and he also did a good job."