NEBRASKA CITY – Junior Tyler Levy finished 3-4 at the plate, junior Bryce Levy drove in three runs and the Nebraska City baseball team came back from a four-run deficit to defeat their Highway 75 counterparts, Plattsmouth. The Pioneers prevailed 11-5 Thursday evening at Clemmy Holmes Field in Nebraska City.
Nebraska City fell behind 4-0 in the first inning on a grand slam from Blue Devil senior Josh Aho. His third home run of the season. Aho finished 1-2 with four RBI’s and a run scored.
Senior Garrett Bassinger answered the grand slam with a two-run shot of his own in the bottom half of the inning. The first baseman ended the day 1-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Plattsmouth junior Tucker Anderson would score the Blue Devils’ final run in the top of the second.
With his team behind 5-2 in the bottom of the second, first-year head coach Kyle Ferguson wanted his guys to get back to the basics: solid approach at the plate and work gap-to-gap.
“When you’re flying out and popping out, let’s work on cutting the ball in half, hitting gap-to-gap, and staying on line. Some of those boys were gap-to-gap, we had a couple doubles and couple triples. That’s fun baseball to watch. I was glad they made the proper adjustment and they took care of business.”
The Pioneers knotted the game at five in the second inning on a two-RBI triple from Bryce Levy and an RBI single from Tyler Levy.
They would pull away for good with three more runs in the third inning. Senior Jace Becker slapped his first pitch for an RBI double, sophomore Eli Southard drove-in a run with a triple and Bryce Levy smacked another RBI single.
Nebraska City scored in every inning, except the fourth. They tallied 13 total hits.
With a win like this, Ferguson thinks they can get back to their winnings ways.
“We’re better than 1-6. It’s time to get on our winning ways. They’re capable of it. They’ve done it a lot throughout legion and throughout previous high school seasons. They’re winners and we just had to find what worked for us and get back to our winning ways. So, hopefully tonight that’s the ticket we needed.”
After giving up five runs on two hits in the first two innings, Nebraska City junior Trent Fahey settled in and pitched six strong innings with seven strikeouts. Becker finished the final inning with two strikeouts.
Plattsmouth junior Shawn McKinley took the loss. He surrendered six runs on six hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out two and walking one. Senior Draven Ray started the game for the Blue Devils. He allowed five hits and five runs over one and one-third innings, striking out one and walking one.
The Pioneers improve to 2-6 and will be at Bellevue East on Saturday. It was their fifth-straight win over the Blue Devils.
Plattsmouth falls to 2-10 and will travel to Omaha South on Saturday.
Nebraska City at Falls City
When: 4:30 p.m., April 26
Where: Southeast Nebraska Communications Field, Falls City
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm
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