The North Platte FNBO Seniors swept Columbus by getting some late offense in both games on Sunday.

The scores were 2-1 and 10-6.

The sweep gives the Nationals an 8-5 record on the season.

The first game was a pitcher’s dual between Easton Jones of North Platte and Spencer Shotkoski of Columbus.

Neither team scored until the fifth inning, when Columbus scored first on Connor Cameron’s two-out infield single that forced National shortstop Jack Polk into a rushed throw to first base that was off the mark.

North Platte tied the game an inning later when Dein McEntire hit a two-out single into left field.

The game went into extra innings and Jones recorded the first two outs of the eighth inning before he reached the pitch limit. Easton Geisler came in for him and got the last out of the top of the eighth.

“Where we’re getting to in the schedule, it’s really big for pitchers to be pitch efficient,” Seniors Head Coach Ricky Holm said. “I was really proud of Jones for going out there and tackling game one.”

Shotkoski remained on the mound for Columbus in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Tyler Townsend hit a bloop single. Blaise Zeiler brought him home with a single to left to win the game.

“Their pitcher was pounding the zone and he wasn’t throwing many balls,” Holm said. “With the way the wind was blowing, you had to keep the ball on the ground. In the last inning, Blaise came up clutch and we were able to walk it off.”

The Nationals scored in the first inning of the second game on a wild pitch by Will Wickham.

Columbus took the lead in the second on Keiton Watchorn’s two-run single up the middle.

North Platte tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth when Townsend scored on an error.

In the sixth inning, the Nationals took advantage of a pitching change as Wyatt Swanson came in for Wickham.

North Platte regained the lead on a Rayce Moerke bunt single with one out. Jones got caught in a rundown between third base and home but ended up scoring when he dodged the tag at home from catcher Carter Renteria. Moerke scored on an error by third baseman Jarrett Bell. Polk drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 6-2 and Swanson was pulled.

Against the new pitcher, Watchorn, the Nationals kept scoring. The next two runs came on hits by Zeiler and McEntire. Two more scored when Jones hit one back to Watchorn with the bases loaded and Watchorn overthrew Renteria.

“That was making them play catch and throw the baseball around,” Holm said. “It wasn’t anything we were doing well other than being aggressive. We normally don’t score that way but we’ll take them any way we can get them.”

In the bottom of the sixth, North Platte pitcher Landan Greeno reached the 100-pitch limit and he was relieved by Moerke. That helped Columbus score three runs in the inning.

But Moerke only gave up a run in the seventh as he was able to preserve the victory for Greeno, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday.

“If we’re going to do what we want to do this year, (Greeno is) going to have to be a big part of our rotation,” Holm said. “He’s pitched well almost every time he’s been out here. He’s just effectively wild and it’s just getting his pitch count down. Hopefully as the season moves along, we can clean up his mechanics and get him more pitch efficient so he can pitch more.”

Next, the Seniors will play a doubleheader at Chadron on Monday.

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