The North Platte First Nationals seniors picked up their first home victory of the season with a 7-0 win over McCook on Saturday at Bill Wood Field.
In a game called after the sixth inning due to weather, North Platte starter Sam Malsbury pitched a two-hit shutout, while walking none and striking out five.
Leadoff batter Carter Johnson led the way offensively for the First Nationals, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and three RBI. Dolan branch had a pair of RBI despite going 0-for-2, and Jacob Tobey went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Another catalyst for the win was North Platte’s aggressiveness on the basepaths, swiping nine bags — led by Braden Stiffler with three.
North Platte outhit McCook 5 to 2 and committed two errors, while McCook had one.
The win snaps a four-game skid and improves North Platte’s record to 3-8 on the season.
The First Nationals were slated to continue the North Platte Senior Legion Round Robin Tournament with a second game Saturday against Overton before it was washed out. North Platte is scheduled to play Kearney on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., depending on field conditions and weather.
The North Platte juniors and seniors will host Kearney on Tuesday for Military Appreciation Night. The First Nationals will provide free admission, popcorn and drinks for all veterans and current military, along with their spouses. First National bank staff will also be on hand serving $1 root beer floats with proceeds going to the team.
OMAHA — The North Platte juniors won their first two games at the Omaha South Tourney on Saturday, winning for the 12th consecutive game and improving to 16-1 on the season.
North Platte won a nail-biter 4-3 over Ralston, followed by a 12-4 victory over the Millard
Trailing 3-2 in game one, Cody Wright delivered a two-run RBI single on an 0-2 count to give North Platte a 4-3 lead.
Bryce Butterfield and Will Coe combined to pitch the final four innings, not allowing a run on only two hits to preserve the victory.
In the second game, North Platte and Millard were tied 3-3 in the second inning before six North Platte runs in the third and three more in the fourth broke it open.
Derrick Kuhlmann and Wright both had three RBI, and Jaylan Ruffin had a pair.
North Platte outhit Millard 7 to 2 and committed no errors, while Millard had three.
North Platte continues tournament play