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Blown lead ends Nationals’ night on a sour note

North Platte allows ten runs in the top of the seventh of game two to finish sweep
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 10:57 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte FNBO Nationals played two games against the Hastings Five Points Bank Chiefs Tuesday. The doubleheader, held in North Platte, was the second meeting between the two teams in the last week. The Chiefs topped the Nationals 6-3, 7-5 in Hastings on July 8.

The Nationals struggled in game one, with Tate Janas’ fifth inning single the only hit the Nationals recorded in the 7-0 shutout loss.

Game two looked to be the bounce back game the Nationals needed. Janas allowed a first inning home run to Hastings’ Mike Boeve, but didn’t allow another run through six innings. Bryce Butterfield drove in two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the Nationals looked to be in control, adding insurance runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, and went into the final frame with a 6-1 lead.

However, the Chiefs scored ten runs in the top of the seventh, and finished the sweep with the 11-6 win.

The Nationals will be home again Wednesday, as they host Grand Island at Bill Wood Field.

In other Legion baseball action, Cozad hosted Gothenburg for a Dawson County match-up. In the juniors game, the Melons edged out the win over the Reds, 8-7. The Reds seniors nearly erased a six-run deficit, but the Melons hung on for the 7-5 win.

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