The North Platte FNBO Juniors fell behind right away against Kearney and they couldn’t get back in it as they lost 10-2 on Friday in the opening game of the Area 7 tournament in Scottsbluff.

North Platte (22-14) will next play Twin Cities (18-24) in an elimination game on Saturday.

Kearney (25-17) scored four runs in the first inning to begin the game. Then they added two more in the second to take a commanding lead.

The Nationals tried to answer back. They scored two runs each in the next two innings. But Kearney was able to put them away early. They scored two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to put the run rule into effect.

North Platte’s opponent for Saturday, Twin Cities, lost 12-2 to No. 1 seed Hastings on Friday. When the two teams played earlier this season, the Nationals swept the Express, 8-5 and 10-1, in a doubleheader on June 9.

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