Springfield Prime Time Sports brought the town its first Class B Legion title, capturing the tourney in Wayne.
Coach Jim Lynam’s squad went 4-1 in the tournament, defeating Wahoo 13-3 in the final.
Lynam said one key to victory was his team going unbeaten the first three days. That allowed Prime Time to play one less game than Wahoo, which bounced back from a first-round loss to reach the final.
“You’ve got to take care of business early in the tournament,” he said. “And our kids compete like no other.”
Much of the team consisted of players who competed for Platteview in the spring. That squad lost to eventual state champion Omaha Roncalli in districts and failed to reach state.
“It was nice to be able to come back and end the summer this way,” Lynam said. “And this was a tough tournament.”
The tourney got off to an unusual start for Prime Time Saturday, when weather pushed back the start time to 10:30 p.m. Prime Time beat Wahoo 5-1 in the opener.
“That got us off to a great start,” he said. “Then we just kept it going.”
David City has right recipe to repeat as Class C champ
David City was able to repeat as Class C Legion champion in the tournament held in Albion.
Coach Matt Croghan’s squad defeated Pender 10-6 in the final. Like Class A champion C&H Construction and Class B champ Springfield, David City was the last unbeaten team in its tourney.
“We had strong pitching and that allowed us to get through the five days,” Croghan said. “We also got timely hits and played small ball.”
David City also flashed the speed that helped produce a state title last year. In a second-round victory Sunday, Croghan’s team stole 13 bases.
“We still run the bases like crazy,” the coach said. “We always want to put as much pressure on the defense as we can.”
David City had to scrap in that final as Pender rallied to tie the game 6-6 after five innings. Croghan said a Jack Jacob single helped energize the offense, and David City scored the game’s final four runs.
“That restarted it for us,” he said. “We kind of got it going again after that.”
Croghan said it was a satisfying end to his first season as coach.
“If you told me back on Memorial Day that we were going to repeat as champions, I’d have laughed,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the way this team came together and won the title.”