The North Platte First National Bank Seniors came into Wednesday’s doubleheader looking to gain momentum, and they found some in 8-0 and 19-1 romps over the Twin City Zephyrs at Bill Wood Field.
The Zephyrs are from Scottsbluff and Gering.
“This is huge for us,” said Jason Pflughaupt, coach of the 5-9 Seniors. “We needed to get these victories and get on a roll. This is a team we thought if we played well, we’d be able to compete. And, we came away with two.”
North Platte went ahead in the first game with Kade Wroot’s RBI triple to right field with two outs in the first inning off of Twin Cities pitcher Trent Richter.
In the next inning, Jacob Tobey singled into right to make it 2-0. It became 3-0 when Peyton Vieyra beat out a throw to home plate. by Nate Blackos after Jace Rogers hit it to the third baseman. Another run was scored when Benny Brockmoller sacrificed himself and it was 4-0 after two innings.
In the fourth against Ty Corr, who relieved Richter, North Platte scored two when Wroot doubled to left. Another run was scored in the inning on a double steal with Wroot and Caden Comer to make it 7-0.
After Wroot threw his fifth straight scoreless inning, the game ended due to the run rule in the next inning when Jack Jones made a wild pick-off attempt to get Avery Munson at first base.
“First game was good,” Pflughaupt said. “We didn’t have as many hits as we did in the first game but we took advantage of their mistakes.”
The First Nationals again got ahead early in the second game. The first run of the first inning came when Brockmoller reached on an error by shortstop Harold Baez. Then another run came home on a passed ball by catcher Creighton Dike. Comer then batted in another run by sacrificing himself before Vieyra reached on a passed ball third strike to make it 4-0.
In the third, North Platte scored eight and chased starting pitcher Paul Panduro from the game.
If that didn’t put it out of reach, the seven runs in the fourth inning did.
Twin Cities scored their only run of the day in the fifth inning before Vieyra finished them off to get the complete game victory.
“In the second game, we just relaxed,” Pflughaupt said. “Once you get a win under your belt and things start going good for you, hitting’s contagious. You start going a little bit and the guys were swinging the bat well.”