The North Platte First National Bank Seniors split a pair of high-scoring games against Janesville, Wis. on Saturday.The Seniors won the first game in extra innings 10-9 before losing the second 21-10.
North Platte (24-12) had an 8-5 lead going into the seventh inning of the first game after Luke Volz's three-run base hit to left field in the sixth.
But the First Nationals melted down in the top of the seventh. After pitcher Riley Vieyra allowed the first two runners on base, Volz was brought in to close out the game and he struggled. The first run came home on a wild pitch. Then Logan Coulter doubled to right-center to bring Janesville within one run.
The game was tied when Ryan Cashore got an RBI by hitting into a fielder's choice before Janesville scored the go-ahead run on a Brock Welch double.
In the bottom of the seventh, Colin Frey came on to the mound to try and finish off the game for Janesville and he walked Alex Harms to start the inning. Harms then stole second base and he was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Marcus Silos.
He eventually scored on Jack Kenny's two-out single to left field. In an attempt to win the game, Jace Barker was thrown out at the plate sending the game into extra innings.
North Platte held Janesville scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. Both teams changed pitchers. Kenny replaced Volz for North Platte and Chase Nyborg came in for Frey in the ninth.
Nyborg got the first two outs in short order in the bottom of the ninth before he walked Barker. Alec Wesslund then reached on an error.
Darian Allberry then won the game with his single to right-center.
The second game was all Janesville.They scored four runs in the first inning as the First Nationals committed three errors and they added three more in the second.
North Platte was able to generate offense but it wasn't enough as they were overpowered by Janesville, who had over 20 hits in the second game. Between the nine innings of the first game and the 31 combined runs of the second, the doubleheader lasted nearly six hours.