The North Platte FNBO Juniors scored 12 unanswered runs to come from behind on Saturday and defeat Twin Cities, 18-8, in districts at Scottsbluff.

“Nothing comes easy in districts,” Juniors coach Ryan Jones said. “Twin Cities hit the ball well but we’re happy to come away with the win. Survive and advance.”

Twin Cities (18-25) scored the first two runs of the game in the first inning. The Nationals (23-14) took the lead by scoring three runs in the third.

The Express scored a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game up. North Platte then scored three in the fourth but Twin Cities answered with four in the bottom half of the inning to lead, 7-6.

But the Nationals captured the momentum with four in the fifth. They held the Express scoreless in the bottom half before going back to work in the sixth.

North Platte then buried Twin Cities with eight runs in the sixth. The Express were only able to muster a run in the bottom of the sixth and they weren’t able to extend the game or their season.

“We had some big hits,” Jones said. “We did a good job of baserunning and we put the pressure on them. We hit the ball well with runners on base and that’s always a good thing.”

Caden Joneson had three hits and batted in three runs for the Nationals. Easton Jones also drove in three runs in the victory.

Next, North Platte will play Kearney (25-18) for the second time in three days on Sunday in another elimination game. Kearney lost, 8-0, to Hastings on Saturday.

“We’re 0-3 against them and now’s the time to beat them with our season on the line,” Jones said. “Kearney hits the ball they play it right and we’re going to have to do the same.”

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