The North Platte First National Bank Seniors split the two games they played on Friday, beating McCook 6-5 and losing to Omaha South 11-7, to open their tournament at Bill Wood Field.
In the first game, McCook scored the first run in the first inning with Kaleb Taylor’s two out bloop single to center field against pitcher Benny Brockmoller. But North Platte (6-10) rallied in the bottom half of the inning.
The first run came on a double steal with Brockmoller and Braiden Ruffin. Then Kade Wroot hit a one-out single into left field to give the First Nationals the lead before another run was scored with Caden Comer’s single to left.
McCook tied the game in the second with Cameryn Berry reaching on a throwing error by second baseman Braden Stiffler trying to turn an inning-ending double play, scoring two runs.
North Platte regained the lead in the bottom of the second with Brockmoller’s two out single to left. But in the third, McCook tied the game with Spencer Krysl reaching on another throwing error by Stiffler and they took the lead on a two out single to right by Logan Greenlee.
The Nationals tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth when Comer hit a one out single to center.
The game remained tied until the seventh. Brockmoller led off the inning by getting on base due to an error by third baseman Justin Barenburg. Ruffin moved him to second with the sacrifice bunt. Wroot was intentionally walked to set up a potential inning-ending double play.
Comer then drew a walk from Drew Harvie to load the bases. Peyton Vieyra flied out to center with a ball that wasn’t deep enough for Brockmoller to tag up and score the winning run on. But Stiffler hit a line drive to left to give North Platte the victory.
In the second game, Omaha South scored the first five runs with a run in the first inning and four in the third.
The First Nationals answered with five of their own in the bottom of the third to tie the game.
But it didn’t take long for South to get the lead again as they chased North Platte pitcher Jace Rogers from the game. Against the new pitcher, Jacob Tobey, Roberto DeLeon hit one to right that neither Rogers, who went to first base, or rightfielder Avery Munson could come up with to put the Packers back on top. Then Noah Leng hit a bloop single to right to make it 7-5.
In the sixth inning, South added four more runs to make it a six-run game.
North Platte finally got some offense going against Freddy Tlatenchi, who relieved the starter Jesus Rivas in the third with RBI singles by Brockmoller and Wroot. But that was all they could muster in what was the last inning as the Friday games in the tournament each had a two hour time limit after the North Platte-McCook game started an hour late with extra prep work having to be done on the field.
On Saturday night, North Platte will play Alliance.