Seniors defeat Cozad; fall to Aurora

BROKEN BOW--The American Legion Baseball season is winding down and the Broken Bow Senior team is attempting to play their best baseball before the area tournament in three weeks and the state tournament slated to begin at the end of the month. This past Sunday Broken Bow traveled to Ogallala looking to avenge a loss last week. Both teams were shut out through the first three innings of play. In the bottom of the fourth inning Ogallala scored and added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. That was all Ogallala needed and they held on to win 2-0; the loss dropped Broken Bow to 6-7 on the season and aspiring to play above .500 with five games left. Derek McCormick pitched a great game for Broken Bow. In six innings of duty McCormick allowed three hits, two runs, two walks and struck out seven. Broken Bow wasn’t able to muster any run support and was only able to produce three hits, all singles. McCormick helped his own cause batting 1-3. Josey Evans and Michael Coleman each added one hit for the Indians. The first day of July wasn’t what the Senior squad had hoped for. Aurora traveled to Broken Bow but made themselves at home in a 15-3 romp that ended after five innings. Aurora scored quickly with one run in the first. Bow was held scoreless in the bottom of the first and Aurora opened the game up in the second inning. Aurora connected with a three-run homer off Michael Coleman and quickly led 7-0. Broken Bow was able to muster offense in the second inning, producing three runs to cut the lead to 7-3. Unfortunately for Broken Bow that was all they were going to score and Aurora added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth inning to end the game. Coleman lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowed seven hits, nine runs and four walks and struck out two. Hunter Campbell batted 1-3 and scored once to lead Broken Bow. The Senior team traveled to Holdrege for a league match-up late last week. Broken Bow produced two runs in the first inning and set the tone early. Broken Bow added two runs in the third inning and played great defense the first three innings. Bow added two runs in the top of the fourth and looked to be in control with a 6-0 lead. Holdrege added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead 6-2. Bow was held scoreless in the fifth inning and Holdrege rallied with four runs and the game was tied 6-6 after five innings. Bow added two runs in the sixth inning and Holdrege responded with one run. Broken Bow was able to subdue Holdrege in the seventh inning and held on to win 8-7. Kirby Pomplun was the winning pitcher for Broken Bow. He pitched a complete game, allowed five hits, seven runs and five walks and struck out eight. Leading the way for the Broken Bow offense was Jake McCormick. He went 3-3, batted in two runs and scored once. The Broken Bow Junior team was in action over the weekend and look to gain momentum for the area tournament in less than two weeks. Unfortunately, Broken Bow stumbled as they traveled to the Mountain Time Zone and faced off against Ogallala. The game was scoreless for the first three innings before Ogallala scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning. Broken Bow added two runs in the top of the fifth inning but Ogallala scored twice in the sixth inning and came out on top 5-2. Preston Sanchez took the loss for the Indians. Sanchez lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowed five runs, five hits, three walks and struck out four. Zach Sanchez led the way for the Broken Bow offense. He went 1-4 and batted one run in. The Juniors faced off against Aurora and it was over in a blink of an eye. Aurora jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Broken Bow recorded one out. Aurora added two runs in the second inning and four in the third and the game was ended after three innings due to the mercy rule with the final score 16-3. Broken Bow traveled to Cozad late last week and came back with a 12-11 win. Jordan Lemburg started the game for Broken Bow and lasted 3 2/3 innings, gave up 11 runs and 13 hits. Zach Sanchez relieved Lemburg and he picked up the win. Sanchez lasted 1 1/3 innings and surrounded two hits. Leading the way for the Broken Bow offense was Sterling Atkins. Atkins batted 3-4, batted two runs in and scored once.