Sean Bennett batted in six runs on Tuesday to help the North Platte 80s defeat the Santa Fe Fuego, 11-7, at Bill Wood Field.

It was the second game on the 80s for Bennett, who had just been cut by the Fuego, the team he was on for the last three years.

“It was a lot of fun,” Bennett said. “I was especially motivated because it was my former team. It definitely gave me a little more extra fight.”

In the first inning, Rodney Scarver sacrificed himself with a ground ball to score the first run for Santa Fe.

That was the only time the 80s were down in the game. Bennett made his presence felt against his old teammates when he hit a two-run single near the foul line in right field.

An inning later, Bennett continued to haunt the Fuego when he hit a grand slam over the fence in right to make it a 6-1 lead.

“Isn’t that amazing?” North Platte manager Todd Everleth said. “Sean got released and he called me. He said, ‘I’m just looking for a place and an opportunity.’ Our starting catcher (Luke Lee) had to go to Georgia for his grandfather’s funeral. It was serendipity that he came here on perfect timing and playing against his former team. It all happened within 24 hours of the first game (on Monday). He’s got a place here and we love it for him.”

Santa Fe chipped away at the lead over the next three innings. They got two runs in the fifth when Scarver beat out a double play at first base.

North Platte got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Marcos Corrales scored on a delayed steal with Ryan Lutinski getting caught in a rundown between first and second. But the Fuego continued to inch closer.

Clayton Evans hit a two-run home run to left in the sixth inning to make it 7-5. It became a one-run game an inning later. Zeke Hass hit a two-out single to left against pitcher Zach Fogle, who relieved starter Hobie Hood that inning.

But that was the closest Santa Fe got. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Lutinski hit a single into left to score a run. Lutinski teamed up with Corrales on another delayed steal to score another run before coming home on a double steal with Tjay Mullins to make it 10-6.

“We relied upon some gimmick plays with some delayed steals and pickle situations,” Everleth said. “We got three runs based on that and we’re excited about how we executed those.”

The 80s got another run in the eighth on a double by Coby Tweten to match the margin they had after Bennett’s grand slam.

Corey Steward closed it out in the ninth by only giving up one run. With two outs, Hass hit a single off the glove of Steward. Corrales at second base got the rebound but not soon enough to throw Hass. But Steward got the next batter, Jeremy DiBartolomeo to fly out to clinch the win and the two-game sweep for North Platte.

On Monday, the 80s beat Santa Fe, 12-6.

The Fuego scored three runs in the top of the first inning. But North Platte came back with five in the bottom of the first.

Santa Fe got another run in the second but the 80s put up six runs in the fourth and never looked back.

“I’m just proud of them all,” Everleth said. “We had a tough June and July is looking a lot better. We’re pretty excited for them. They have more heart and desire to get more Ws.”

Next, North Platte will play a three-game series at the Trinidad Triggers, starting on Thursday. After another three-game series against the Roswell Aliens in New Mexico on July 15-17, the 80s return home for a three against Trinidad, starting on July 18.

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