The North Platte First National Bank Seniors had no problem on Sunday in their 14-4 win over Holdrege at Bill Wood Field.
“I think it was a good game,” Seniors coach Jason Pflughaupt said. “We got the win. We’ve got some things we need to clean up to play better. All in all, a win’s a good deal and I’m happy with it.”
North Platte (8-10) opened scoring in the first inning when Kade Wroot hit a two-out RBI triple to center field. Another run was scored when Caden Comer hit a single into right field and then it became 3-0 on an infield single by Braden Stiffler.
Another run scored on a wild pitch by Graydon Munn and then Tyler Ferguson, in his first at-bat of the season, reached on a throwing error by third baseman Blare Bauer to make it 5-0.
Holdrege scored a run each in the second and third innings to pull within 5-2 before the First Nationals slammed the door in the bottom of the third.
The first run scored when Munn made a wild attempt to pick off Peyton Vieyra at first base. Then Stiffler hit one to Bauer, who threw it home to get Vieyra out, but the ball was dropped by catcher Treven Melroy.
Benny Brockmoller then hit a two-run single to right, making it 9-2. Wroot followed with an infield single to bring in another run. Then Vieyra batted in two more with a single into left.
Stiffler then got his second RBI of the inning with his single to left and Munn was finally pulled in favor of Jon Christie. North Platte then scored another run with a Jacob Swift bloop single to right that put it at 14-2.
In the fourth, Holdrege scored two runs against pitcher Avery Munson with hits by Tate Florell and Trent Hoeft in what was the last inning as all games in the weekend tournament were on a two-hour time limit.
In their home tournament, North Platte went 3-1. They beat McCook and lost to Omaha South on Friday. On Saturday, they defeated Alliance 2-1.
In that one, the Nationals scored both of their runs in the second inning as Wroot threw six scoreless innings. Alliance scored a run in the seventh but North Platte held them off to get the win.
“We played alright, we played better than we did last weekend (when they went 0-3 in a tournament in Omaha),” Pflughaupt said of the tournament. “We showed some enthusiasm. We just wish we could have that one game back (against Omaha South) where we maybe didn’t do the things we needed to do.”