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Fifth-seeded Nebraska City stuns Hickman at Area Tournament – Reuters Sports News


The Nebraska City hitters were competitive at bats, hitting 13 hits while batting once against Hickman’s pitching staff.

Saturday, July 9, 2022, 9:07 a.m. CDT


AUBURN — In a game that lasted 3 hours, fifth-seeded Nebraska City Post 8 Juniors beat double-seeded Hickman (Norris) en route to a wild and unlikely first-round back-and-forth of the B -1 Junior Zone Tournament Friday night at Tushla Field.

Trailing 8-6 in the top of the seventh, Nebraska City sent 12 batters to the plate scoring 7 runs on 5 hits. Post 8 chased Hickman’s reliever Porter Dutter after Nolan Beccard’s double runners for second and third with one out. Reliever Beckett Lund came into the game and walked three batters and hit another.

Lund allowed 6 runs, 4 of which were earned without recording an out. Jesus Martinez then saluted third inning pitcher Brodie Hoover with a 2-RBI double to open the inning. A batter later, Martinez scored after a Sam Rovetto RBI single.

Nebraska City (3-12-1) came close to scoring another run had it not been for a terrific diving play from Titans shortstop Logan White for the final.

Trevor Tesarek came on as a relief from Keston Holman in the seventh for Nebraska City, inheriting runners at second and third with no outs. Tesarek caused back-to-back flyouts before Lund delivered an RBI single to the right.

But on the next pitch, Lund – who had already stolen three bases – was caught stealing for the second time on the night by Post 8 catcher Tristan Kingery. Lund failed to slide to second base and was tagged by Holman for the final as Nebraska City held on for the 13-9 win.

The Titans (21-11-1) trailed the entire game going down 3-0 after the first and trailed 6-2 in the fifth before hitting for 6 runs between the fifth and sixth innings. Landon Cose made the 2-run triple in the sixth that propelled Hickman ahead 8-6 before the seventh inning collapsed.

The two teams combined for 21 runs on 24 hits, six errors, while leaving 19 men on base. Each team threw four pitchers. Martinez led the offense for Post 8 going 3-5 with a double and 4 RBIs. Beccard added a 3-5 game with his two doubles.

Hickman had four players with two or more hits, including Lund who went 3-4 with an RBI and three stolen bases. Jordan Monroe went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBIs in the loss.

Holman, who started the game before returning for a relief appearance, took the win in 5 innings while allowing 4 earned runs.

With the win, Nebraska City will take on No. 3 Beatrice (10-13) at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Hickman will play at 2:00 p.m. against No. 6 Crete (2-16) in a playoff game.

Nebraska City: 3, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0, 7…13, 13, 3

Hickman: 0, 2, 0, 0, 3, 3, 1…9, 11, 3

No. 1 Auburn 8, No. 6 Crete 0 (6 hostel)

Jackson Warner picked up the win on the mound scattering 6 hits over five innings as Post 23 ran their business in the first round. Receiver Ozey Hurst went 2-4 with an RBI. Auburn had 8 hits, 6 walks and 3 batters hit. Shortstop Landon Casey had a 2-point brace in the sixth and scored the game’s final point. Auburn takes on Fairbury in the second round at 5 p.m. Saturday.

No 3 Beatrice 8, No 4 Fairbury 0 (6 hostel)

Beatrice scored three times in the first and five times in the sixth to win in run-rule mode. Owen Reis shut down Fairbury on the mound for the win. Fairbury was held without a hit in the game. Beatrice will face the Nebraska City Post 8 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night at Tushla Field in the winner’s game. Fairbury will face No. 1 Auburn at 5:00 p.m. with their season on the line.

No. 1 Plattsmouth 13, No. 6 Fort Calhoun 4 (5 hostel)

No. 4 Springfield 12, No. 3 Ashland 0

No. 5 Louisville-Weeping Water beat No. 2 Battle Creek

No. 2 Syracuse 8, No. 5 Adams 0 (6 Inn)

No. 3 Elmwood-Murdock-Nehawka 11, No. 4 Tecumseh 3

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