Kuhlmann, Hill receive honors as First Nationals keep winning

The pair was chosen by their teammates to receive the Leadership awards.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 11:46 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A great season for the North Platte First Nationals continued last night. The home team hosted Gering for a pair of games at Bill Wood Field. The Juniors put together an impressive performance, needing just three innings to secure a 15-2 victory. The Seniors displayed their experience and grit, pulling out a 4-3 win on Senior night.

The team boasts seven recent graduates, five of which are currently committed to play college baseball. Bryce Butterfield and Cody Wright are headed to Wisconsin to play for Western Tech Community College. Tyler Tobey is also staying in the Midwest, playing for Kaskaskia in Illinois. Will Coe is committed to Jamestown University in South Dakota. Finally, Derrick Kuhlmann will head to Council Bluffs to suit up for Iowa Western Community College.

Kuhlmann was the recipient of the Senior team’s Leadership Award. The honor is voted on by the team and it is Derrick’s second time winning the award.

“I’ve been with these guys ever since I was starting baseball pretty much...It really feels good to know that they respect me as being their leader and it feels good to be their leader. I like to do my best to hold everybody accountable, as well as hold myself accountable,” said Derrick.

For the Juniors, a newcomer to the program received the award. Hershey’s Cooper Hill got the nod from his teammates and was selected for the honor.

“It really means a lot to me because I pride myself on being a good leader for this team,” said Hill.

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