North Platte First National Bank Seniors pitchers Peyton Vieyra and Caden Comer were dominant on Saturday as they helped the First Nationals sweep Ogallala in a doubleheader, 10-0 and 2-1, at Bill Wood Field.
“I thought we played alright,” Seniors coach Jason Pflughaupt said. “We had two games that were winnable for us and we went out there, had good pitching and some timely hitting and we got two victories on the guys’ last home game.”
North Platte (19-18) started the first game by scoring two runs in the first inning. The first run came when Benny Brockmoller hit a single into right field and the next run scored when Jace Rogers sacrificed himself by hitting into a fielder’s choice.
The Nationals added to the lead in the third when Rogers reached on an error by second baseman Ethan Cobaugh to make it 3-0.
In the next inning, Lane Blackwell relieved Ogallala starting pitcher Trey Rezac and he walked seven of the first eight batters he faced. Brockmoller, Kade Wroot and Rogers all drew bases loaded walks.
Braden Stiffler continued the rally with his bloop single to right with one out that made it 7-0. Vieyra then hit a single into right scoring another run. Then after another run scored on a wild pitch by Blackwell, Miles Morrell singled up the middle to put it at 10-0.
Vieyra retired Ogallala in the fifth to end the game early due to the run rule.
“First game was really good,” Pflughaupt said. “Peyton pitched outstanding. He had 51 pitches in five innings and we took advantage of their pitcher not throwing a lot of strikes. We got some runs and got it done early.”
The First Nationals opened scoring in the second game when Benny Brockmoller hit a single just over a jumping Aiden Schilz at second base.
Then in the fourth, after Jordan Callihan relieved Brennan Halligan for Ogallala, Tyler Ferguson singled with two outs to score another run.
Ogallala scored their only run of the night when Orey Fricke sacrificed himself for an RBI with a ground ball to Vieyra at third base. But that was all they could muster against Comer, who went the distance to get the win for North Platte.
“I thought Caden threw well just like Peyton did,” Pflughaupt said. “He got ahead of a lot of batters and that helped him a lot. We had more hits in the second game than in the first but we didn’t have that timely hit. But we did what we had to do and we got the win.”