The First Nationals Lose Twice on Independence Day

first-nationalsThe North Platte First Nationals lost their first two games at a holiday tournament in Lincoln on Friday.

North Platte played Blue Springs, Mo. in game one and lost 6-1, before losing to Lincoln SW Pinnacle Bank 15-0. The First Nationals are now on a five-game losing streak.

Blue Springs took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against the First Nationals (24-16) Friday. North Platte then scored its lone run in the top of the third inning after Drew Callaghan drove in Darian Allberry with an RBI single.  Blue Springs added a run in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth inning to close out the win.

North Platte had just two hits in the game. Callaghan and Riley Vierya each singled off Blue Springs pitcher Devon Sesler. Darian Allberry pitched a complete game for the First Nationals, giving up six runs, just one earned, on nine hits. He also struck out six batters and walked three.

North Platte’s second game of the day looked like it was going to be a pitcher’s duel. The First Nationals and Lincoln SW Pinnacle Bank were scoreless after three innings. Lincoln SW got the bats rolling though in the top of the fourth inning and scored 11 runs. Pinnacle then scored four more runs in the top of the fifth inning before getting the run-rule 15-0 win in five innings.

North Platte only had three hits in the game. Alec Wesslund, Luke Volz and Callaghan each singled. Callaghan started the game on the mound for the First Nationals and pitched three and two-third innings giving up seven runs on three hits. He also struck out two batters but walked nine. Volz came in, in relief and gave up four runs on three hits without recording an out. Devan Hovden came in for the final one and one-third inning and gave up four runs on four hits while walking three batters.

The First Nationals continue tournament play in Lincoln Saturday with a 5:00 pm game against Beatrice followed by a game against Lincoln Northeast Judds at 7:30 pm.

The North Platte First Nationals Juniors won an Independence Day game on Friday in Hastings. The Juniors beat Norris 8-7 in the first game of the tournament. North Platte plays Saturday at 2:00 pm against Millard Sox and at 4:30 pm against Lincoln Carpetland. The North Platte Juniors are now 19-8 on the season.