Hastings scored five runs in the sixth and seventh innings Tuesday to pull away from the North Platte First National Bank Seniors in their 10-5 win at Bill Wood Field.
“I thought Caden (Comer) threw well but we made some mistakes that cost us,” North Platte coach Jason Pflughaupt said. “We need to stop making those mistakes and once we do, we’ll be alright. We’re just plugging along and getting better. I’m seeing improvement every game and pretty soon, we’ll be right where we want to be.”
Hastings, who is undefeated at 11-0, established themselves early. They took the lead in the first inning with Trey Asher’s RBI single up the middle and then Josh Brooks hit one that went off the glove of diving rightfielder Jace Rogers to make it 2-0.
North Platte (3-9) got on the board in the third inning, when Kade Wroot sacrificed himself with a ground out.
But in the fourth, Hastings added to their lead when two runs scored on a ball hit by Asher went by shortstop Benny Brockmoller. Then Blayne Dreher hit a single into right field to score another run and make it 5-1.
The First Nationals showed some fight in the bottom of the fourth. Jacob Swift reached on an error by second baseman Tyson Bonham, which allowed a run to score. Then another run came home when catcher J.T. Cafferty allowed a pitch by Brooks to get by him and it was a two-run game.
But that was the closest North Platte got. In the sixth, Mike Boeve reached on an error for Hastings to score two. Peyton Vieyra then relieved Caden Comer, who had reached the pitch limit of 105.
Against Vieyra, Cafferty hit a two-run single into left to make up for his passed ball in the fourth to make it 9-3.
Hastings added to the lead in the seventh with another RBI by Asher.
North Platte went down quietly in the last two innings as C.J. Remmenga relieved Brooks in the sixth and he finished the game.