The North Platte First National Bank Seniors won two games on Sunday by sweeping a doubleheader against McCook 8-6 and 10-7 at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook.North Platte (25-14) jumped ahead in the first game by scoring a run in the first and four in the second. McCook (22-8) scored a run in the fourth inning before storming back in the sixth.
In the sixth, Zach Karre relieved starting pitcher Caden Comer with one out. Clayton Stevens singled to left field to score a run and then Kaden Sitzman drew a bases loaded walk to make it 5-3.
Karre was then replaced by Kade Wroot. Another run scored on a wild pitch and then Kaleb Taylor changed the dynamic of the game with a two-run double to center that gave McCook the lead.
The First Nationals were down to their last out in the seventh when Konner Sonneman singled up the middle to tie the game at 6-6.
Both teams went scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings as Wroot continued to throw for North Platte and Drew Harvie relieved starter Trae Koetter in the eighth.
In the 10th inning, the Nationals regained the lead with Jace Rogers' one-out single to center. Kaden Langemeier then followed with another RBI single to center to give North Platte some insurance.
Wroot shut down McCook in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the win.
North Platte started with a big lead in the second game, as well. They went up 3-0 in the first inning with RBIs by Braiden Ruffin, Dominic Martinez and Trev Chase.
McCook scored a run in the bottom of the first and then both teams scored a pair of runs in the second.
In the fourth, the First Nationals went up 6-3 on a wild pitch by Stevens. Stevens was then relieved by Logan Greenlee, who got McCook out of the inning without further damage. But in the next inning, he got into a jam and Harvie came in relief for the second straight game. North Platte scored two runs to go up 8-3.
But McCook put pressure on the Nationals again. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Cameryn Berry doubled to right to score a run.
Langemeier relieved Martinez and he walked Spencer Krysl with the bases loaded to score another run for McCook. Sitzman brought in another run with a sacrifice fly ball to center and then Taylor singled to center to bring McCook to within one run.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth and North Platte got Harvie in a jam in the seventh. McCook's ace, Sitzman, came in for Harvie but the Nationals were able to get two more runs. The first came when the catcher, Taylor, made a wild throw to second base and the second came on an infield single by Wroot.
In the bottom of the seventh, Langemeier just needed a handful of pitches to retire McCook for good.