The North Platte First Nationals seniors fell on hard times against Hastings on Tuesday.
Serving as a continuation of Monday’s game against Hastings — which was halted due to rain and lightning — North Platte’s hitting slump continued, resulting in a 8-0 Hastings win at Bill Wood Field in North Platte.
"I’m disappointed in the loss, but I didn’t think we played terrible," seniors head coach Ty Brockmoller said. "They just hit the ball better than we did, and that’s how it goes."
Part of the hitting woes for North Platte came because of Hastings hurler CJ Remmenga, who allowed just one hit and no runs over five innings, while striking out three.
"We’ve been facing that pitcher now for a couple of years," Brockmoller said. "He’s always around the zone. He’s not really going to blow it by you and strike (you) out much, but their defense is more than good enough to make plays behind him and that’s what they did today."
Hastings entered Tuesday’s game with a 1-0 lead earned a day ago before the stoppage, and the Post 11 Chiefs quickly picked up where they had left off.
The Chiefs racked up four runs on five hits in the top of the second inning to extend their lead to 4-0 against North Platte’s Carter Johnson, who surrendered eight runs on nine hits.
Mason Brumbaugh and Jake Shaw led the charge at the plate for Hastings, combining for four hits and three RBIs.
For North Platte, the only hit came in the form of a Jacob Swift single in the bottom of the third, but Remmenga retired the next three First Nationals in order to preserve the four-run advantage.
"I think our effort is always there, and I am proud of that," Brockmoller said. "We did hit the ball hard a few times and it just didn’t get through. We laid down a few bunts, too, so our approaches are there."
Hastings struck again in the fourth, scoring another run on two hits, adding another two in the fifth to win via run rule and wrap up the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.
The loss drops North Platte’s record to 10-21 on the season.
The seniors host a doubleheader against Laramie on Friday at Bill Wood Field, serving as the final home games of the season and a sendoff for departing seniors.
For Brockmoller, however, a winning streak heading into the postseason could propel some fortune in districts.
"We’re just not quite hitting right now, but sooner or later it will turn around for us," he added.