The North Platte First National Bank Seniors had another night of good hitting on Thursday.
Against Ogallala, North Platte collected 15 hits en route to an 11-6 victory at Bill Wood Field.
"I thought they hit the ball really well and we played good defense too," said First Nationals coach Rick Ostergard.
Jamie McKain, who was also the pitcher, got things started for North Platte in the bottom of the first with a two-out double to left-center field.
Taylor Williams then brought McKain home with a ground single to left before Kade Folchert singled Williams home.
In the top of the third, Ogallala scored its first run when Tucker Kohl reached base on a throwing error by second baseman Jared Webster.
But the First Nationals got going again in the bottom half of the inning. Williams got another RBI base hit to make it 3-1 and then Nick Martinez hit a two-run single up the middle for a four-run lead.
But Ogallala didn't go away. In the fourth, Jake Schilz singled to score two and cut the North Platte lead in half. Alex Pavlik then made it a one-run game by sacrificing himself on a fielder's choice.
North Platte got a couple of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by Luke Volz and McKain to push the lead back up to 7-4.
Ogallala then answered back in the top of the fifth. Cody Corfield reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, Volz, to score a run and then Connor Merrill came up with a one-out single to left to make it 7-6 to give the First Nationals some anxiety.
"Ogallala's going to scratch and claw to get back in the game and that's what makes them so tough," Ostergard said.
With the score still 7-6, North Platte had two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The inning appeared to be over when pitcher Evan Folk got pinch hitter Thatcher Vap to hit a towering fly ball to right field.
But the ball was dropped and that allowed two runs to score for the Nationals. Then after Jared Webster got on with an infield single to load the bases, Drew Beyer got a base hit to score two more runs and give North Platte some more breathing room heading to the seventh.
In the top of the seventh, McKain retired Ogallala in order by getting them to hit to third baseman Jack Kenny on all three of the putouts to end the game.
Not only did the First Nationals hit the ball consistently against Ogallala but they also made some clutch hits in the late innings which was what pleased Ostergard the most.
"I thought they did a good job of extending the inning," said Ostergard on the four runs scored in the sixth. "That was our best inning hitting in spots."