The North Platte First National Bank of Omaha Legion baseball team split its last two games of the season on Friday.
They beat Twin Cities, 9-0, in the first game before losing, 8-1, to Cheyenne, Wyo. at Cleveland Field in Scottsbluff.
The Nationals finish the season with a record of 29-13.
North Platte began the day by rocking Twin Cities pitcher Jace Heimerman. They scored three runs in the first inning and two in each of the next two innings to chase Heimerman from the game.
On the other end, Tate Janas made quick work of the Zephyrs on his way to picking up the complete game victory.
Jeremiah Seamann had two hits and batted in two runs for the Nationals in the win. Janas also drove in two runs. Jaylan Ruffin and Tyler Tobey each had two hits.
In the second game, Cheyenne scored the first run of the game in the first inning. But North Platte answered to tie the game in the third.
Cheyenne scored again in the fourth to take the lead. Then after Tobey relieved North Platte starting pitcher Will Coe, they scored six runs in the sixth inning to take control.
Despite the loss to the perennial regional powerhouse from Wyoming’s capital city, the Nationals had a season to remember.
Andy Butler was named the head coach of the team after Ty Brockmoller resigned just two weeks before the team started practice on June 1.
North Platte won their first six games of the season by sweeping doubleheaders against Alliance, Gering and Fort Morgan, Colo.
On June 30, the Nationals overpowered Kearney with a 10-run fourth inning that gave them a 12-4 win in the first game of the doubleheader against their arch-rivals at home.
In the beginning of July, North Platte had their longest winning streak of the season when they won seven in a row. From that point, the Nationals never looked back, completing a remarkable turnaround from 2019, when they went 13-23.
The season saw many milestones the team hadn’t achieved in nearly two decades, such as beating Kearney and Grand Island in the same season and multiple wins against Kearney after splitting the doubleheader with them in Kearney on July 23.
This group of North Platte players may just be getting started. Everyone on the team is eligible to return for next year, including Leadership Award winner Gus Kreber and 2021 should provide plenty of highlights, as well.