The ‘Best of the West’ in Class A Seniors baseball competition ascended on North Platte’s Bill Wood Field to compete for the right to extend their season at the Nebraska District A7 Baseball Tournament this weekend.
The Lexington Pinnacle Bank Seniors faced off with the Kearney Runza Nine in the opening contest for both teams. The Orange and Black weren’t able to cash in on scoring opportunities and were defeated 14-0 by the Kearney Nine.
In the top of the second inning, the Lexington Nine trailed 1-0, but were in business with Brian McMahon connecting on a one-out single into centerfield. McMahon was thrown out at second base to retire the side soon thereafter to keep the Runza squad ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Kearney offense was able to gain a cushion on the scoreboard with Ty Roseberry connecting on an RBI-single and Dakota Schriner belting an RBI-double to power the scoring surge that gave Runza a 5-0 lead at the end of the third inning of play.
Lexington’s Seth Soderlund led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and stolen base to get within scoring range, but it was the Kearney defense that thwarted off the potential score by retiring three straight batters.
The Kearney offense continued to flourish in the fourth inning when Breyden Eckhout, Hunter King, Matt Moore, Ty Roseberry and Chris Langin all circled the sacks to increase the Runza lead to 10-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Kearney was able to manufacture four more runs with Chris Langin’s RBI-double doing the most damage to power the Runza Nine to notch the 14-0 victory.
Lexington was led by Brian McMahon and Seth Soderlund, both collected 1-2 outings at the dish.
Score By Innings
Lexington 0000 000- 0
Kearney Runza 1045 04x- 14
As a result of their opening round defeat, the Lexington Seniors would duel with Hastings Five Points Bank in the consolation round of the District Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Orange and Black weren’t able to overcome the early scoring effort of the Hastings Nine and were defeated, 15-1.
In the top of the first inning, the Hastings offense was sparked by Brooks Asher belting a two-RBI single to sway the momentum in favor of the Five Points Nine, 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until Hastings went ballistic in the top of the third inning with eight runs. Fueling the spark the greatest was Alex Panganiban with a two-RBI double that pushed the Hastings led to 10-0 in the third inning.
Lexington responded with their own two-out rally with Schuyler Salem, Seth Soderlund and Tim Sikes loading up the bases. To extinguish the scoring threat, Hastings got a ground out to keep the score at 10-0.
Hastings was able to add to their scoring surge with Alex Mendoza scoring after earning a walk in the fourth inning.
Hastings added a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh innings to increase their cushion to 15-0.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Lexington got on the board when Nery Cabrera was hit by a pitch and Tim Sikes connected on an RBI-single.
Sikes and Morgan Ansbach paced the Orange and Black-clad offense with hits.
Score By Innings
Hastings 2081 202- 15
Lexington 0000 001- 1