First Nationals prepare for league championship game


North Platte First National junior pitcher Trey Barker delivers a pitch to home plate in the team's game against Ogallala (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

Monday night’s Junior baseball Cornhusker Title game has been postponed to Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Bill Wood Field due to weather and field conditions.

The North Platte First National Juniors have a record of 34-6 as of Saturday night, and will host the Cornhusker League Championship game against Lincoln East at Bill Wood Field on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Jace Barker, the head coach for the First Nationals, is confident in his team heading into the game, but says Lincoln East is a well coached team with great pitching and depth.

"They've probably got 15,16 guys that can go out there and play ball. But, I have faith we're going to go out there and win that ball game they're a good team but I think we'll be better, it helps to be at home," Barker said.

Barker says the competition is stiff out East, but North Platte plays teams like Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney, so the West is not lacking in competition.

The competition is pretty stiff out East, but West Nebraska knows how to play ball too, so hopefully we go in there and put on a show and bring one home for the West. We'll show them that the West can play ball too," Barker said.

Since the team has been so successful this season, Barker doesn't plan on changing the game plan for the game against Lincoln East.

"Just do we've been doing. It's a big game, but baseball's baseball, it's never changing. Go in there with the same mindset that you would any other game. We've got to go in there ready to play, live up to the competition, live up to the moment, and I think these boys are ready for it," Barker said.