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North Platte's Kobe Lawrence collects the out against Trey Kissack of Grand Island.
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Bryce Byrn fields the ball in center field.
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Braiden Ruffin releases a pitch in the first game against Grand Island.

The North Platte First National Bank Juniors committed a total of 13 errors on Tuesday as they were swept at home by Grand Island 12-2 and 9-4.

North Platte scored the first run in the first inning on a one-out sacrifice fly ball to right field by Kevin Hancock. But the First Nationals fell apart in the second inning.

Chance Foskett gave Grand Island the lead with his three-run double to left field off of pitcher Brendan Folk. The next run came across on a throwing error to third base by first baseman Kobe Lawrence. Then Ryan Krolikowski hit a two-run double to left that made it 6-1. GI then added another run in the inning on Brendan Barnes' sacrifice fly to left.

It was too much of a deficit for North Platte to make up against GI and its pitcher, Gavin Gragg.

The second game went better for the Nationals but they were still done in by their miscues. They had three errors in the first inning. One of which allowed Krolikowski to score the first run of the game. The second GI run in the first came on a passed ball by catcher Kade Wroot.

The First Nationals scored their first run of the second game when Braiden Ruffin doubled to left with two outs in the third. But Grand Island answered back with two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings.

North Platte rallied in the sixth. Krolikowski came in to pitch for Barnes and he walked Dylan Petersen with the bases loaded. Then Caden Comer reached on an error by third baseman Tucker Krzycki. Then Lawrence was hit by a pitch from Krolikowski that made it 7-4.

But that was the closest the First Nationals got. Bryce Byrn hit into a double play as his line drive was caught by shortstop Trey Kissack and then Dominic Martinez struck out to end the inning.

Grand Island scored two more in the seventh before Krolikowski held North Platte in the seventh to end the night.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/2/2014
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