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KBRX Junior Golf Tournament To Be August 6





The KBRX Junior Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, August 6 starting at 9 am at the O’Neill Country Club.  This is for girls and boys.  Age groups are 10-12 and they play 9-holes, 13-15 play 18 holes and 16-18 play 18 holes.  The entry fee is $15.  KBRX will provide lunch for all participants and prizes will be given in each age group.  You can sign up online by clicking on this link https://kbrx.formstack.com/forms/kbrxjuniorgolftournament or sign up at 8:30 am the day of the tournament.

 

Irish Juniors Finish Season 20-8


article by Coach Greg Appleby

The O’Neill Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors finished their season with a 20-8 record and a runner-up finish in the Class B Area 5 Tournament held in O’Neill last week.  The Irish started out the tournament with a convincing 20-0 win over Pierce last Friday night.  The Irish were rolling from the start as they played four runs in the first, five in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, and eight in the 4th inning.  Josh Cuddy started on the mound for the Irish and shut down Pierce over three innings before giving way to Austin Hilker who silenced Pierce for the final two innings.  Alex Thramer went 3-3 and Nick Haburchak went 3-4 to lead the Irish hitting attack.  Austin Hilker went 2-4 and hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning to provide the spark the Irish needed to get started in this tournament.  The Irish pounded out fifteen hits on the night.  Others with hits were Bailey Thompson, Justin Appleby, Brenden Cleveland, Josh Cuddy, Bryce Heiser, Esteban DeLaO, and Wyatt Liewer.  Cuddy and Hilker combined to throw a one-hitter.

With the Friday win, the Irish advanced to battle Albion on Saturday.  The Irish were able to come away with an 11-1 win over Albion behind the pitching of Bryce Heiser.  Heiser shut down Albion for 5 innings, giving up only two hits and one run while striking out four.  The Irish defense was solid behind Heiser as the defense had no errors in game one against Pierce and no errors against Albion in game two.  The Irish offense exploded for four run in the 2nd inning.  The top of the order stayed hot as Bailey Thompson went 2-2 and scored three runs, Alex Thramer went 3-4 and scored 2 runs, and Justin Appleby went 2-3.  Haburchak and Hilker each added hits in the middle of the lineup and Wyatt Liewer had one hit.

On Sunday, the Irish battled Central City as these two teams stood as the only undefeated teams left in the tournament.  Central City had downed Wayne 27-16 on Saturday night.  Justin Appleby took the mound for the Irish and was able to shut down the hot Central City bats by only allowing five hits and two runs while striking out eight to pick up the win.  Wyatt Liewer and Brenden Cleveland came in and shut down CC for the final 1 2/3 innings to complete the 10-2 win for the Irish.  Thompson and Thramer were dominant from the top two spots in the order as they combined to go 7-10 at the plate and scored five runs.  Nick Haburchak went 2-4 from the cleanup spot.  Others with big hits for the Irish were Austin Hilker, Josh Cuddy, Shayne Campbell, Brenden Cleveland, Bryce Heiser, and Devin Jurgensmeier.  Again, the Irish defense committed no errors to complement the pitching performance of Appleby, Liewer, and Cleveland.  The Irish offense was consistent as they scored in every inning but the 7th.  With that win the Irish advanced into the final on Tuesday night and waited for Wayne and Central City to see who would advance and have to beat the Irish twice in the finals on Tuesday.

Josh Cuddy took the mound for the Irish in game 1 and really threw a great game as he only allowed five hits through six innings but the Irish defense committed six errors in the game to allow five unearned runs on the night as the Irish fell 7-2 which would force a 2nd championship game.  The Irish gave up five runs in the first two innings as they were playing a little tight, but settled down after that scoring two runs in the middle innings and getting many runners on base, but the Irish were unable to capitalize with some clutch hits and stranded eleven runners on the bases throughout the game.  Alex Thramer went 2-2 to pace the offense, and Wyatt Liewer went 2-3.  Others with hits were Bailey Thompson and Devin Jurgensmeier.

In the game 2 championship the Irish got off to a bad start in the first inning as in the top of the first the Irish left the bases loaded to let Wayne off the hook early, and in the bottom of the 1st the Irish struggled on the mound and allowed six Wayne runs to fall in a hole early.  Brenden Cleveland came on in relief and had his best performance of the season as he threw six innings and gave up three runs while striking out nine.  The Irish bats came alive in the 3rd and plated two runs to get back into the contest, but were unable to threaten the rest of the way and Wayne won the Area 5 Championship with a 9-2 win in game 2.  Austin Hilker went 2-4 to pace the offense, while others with hits were Alex Thramer, Justin Appleby, Nick Haburchak, and Brenden Cleveland.

“We were disappointed that we couldn’t finish the deal on our home field, but have to give credit to Wayne for battling back through the loser’s bracket of the tournament.  Our guys had a great season going 20-8 and finishing as the runner-up in our Class B Area Tournament.  Many players had outstanding seasons and improved immensely.  We have a great bunch of young men that played their hearts out for Irish baseball all season long.  Mark Thompson and Clint Hilker did a great job of helping to coach these young men and should be thanked for all of their efforts.  We look forward to next season and have a split of guys going up to Seniors and those coming back to play Juniors again that should make for an exciting summer of baseball next year.”

A Big Thank You to the O’Neill Legion Baseball Committee for hosting the Area 5 Tournament and specifically to co-tournament directors Gary Hostert and Tom Earley for all of their hard work in setting up this tournament.  Also, thank you to the O’Neill parents and fans for all of your support all season long.  The Irish had a great season but came up just a bit short in their goal to make it to the State Tournament.
 

Creighton Eliminates PWG 8-5 to Stay Alive in Dodge





Creighton advanced to the 7:30 PM game Tuesday with a win over Palmer-Wolbach-Greeley on Monday evening.

The Bulldogs shook up their lineup and it paid off as they kept offensive pressure on PWG throughout the entire game. Creighton was never retired 1-2-3 in an inning, and they plated runs in four of the seven innings in their 8-5 victory. Six of the ten players in the game scored runs in a game which saw a mostly small-ball style. Both Creighton and PWG laid down bunts and manufactured runs which made the game a purist's delight. Their offensive performance was matched by a solid defensive performance, as Creighton didn't commit an error until the 7th inning. PWG mounted a comeback bid in the bottom of the final inning, but didn't have enough to overcome what was a 7-1 deficit at one time. One unusual aspect of the game was that each team scored a run on a balk.

As Arlington knocked off West Point in the late game, Creighton will have to deal with a rematch with the Eagles. If Creighton wins they will move on to Wednesday, and Arlington will drop to the 2nd game in the evening, which will be a winner-take-all affair. If Arlington wins, they will have to be beaten twice on Wednesday by West Point or Alma. The Bulldog/Eagle match will begin at 7:30 pm Tuesday and can be heard on 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.

Creighton
1 | 0 | 3 | 0 | 3 | 0 | 1
8 Runs -10 Hits -2 Errors
PWG
1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 3
5 Runs -9 Hits -5 Errors
 

Hurley Wins Tournament in Iowa on Dakotas Tour





John Hurley claimed a big 'ol check over the weekend as he held on by a stroke to win the Dakotas Tour Championship event at Sioux Center, Iowa.

The check for $9,000 went to Hurley after he birdied the last two holes to finish with a three day 196 (67-66-63). Not only has John done well at The Ridge Golf Club in Sioux Center, but he has also now beaten runner-up Christopher Evans several times at that course. John won the tournament in 2011 and 2012 as well. This year Hurley's 17-under was just one shot better than Evans.
 

Shamrocks Place 3rd as Softball Season Wraps Up



The O'Neill 14 & Under Shamrocks made a run deep into the final tournament of the season in Class D softball action in Hastings. The tournament marked the final girls ASA fast-pitch action of the season.

The Shamrocks' two losses came to the champions, the Falls City Travelers, and the runner-ups, Albion. Albion lost to Falls City 5-0 in the championship game. Both O'Neill and Albion finished 4-2. The Pierce Pacers also played in the 14U tournament.

In 12 & Under action, Chambers was the only area team to get a win as the Force downed the West Point Thunder in their first game. Neligh and Osmond also sent teams to the 12U tournament.

That wraps up the ASA tournament season. The next girls' softball season begins with the O'Neill Eagles competing in the NSAA fall season beginning August 20th.
 

Arlington's Defense Does in Dawgs on Day 2 of Class C Junior State





Creighton couldn't seem to put the ball where Eagle defenders weren't in a 5-1 defeat in second round play at Dodge.

Only striking out four times, the Bulldogs put the ball in play plenty, but Arlington's defense, (particularly the left side) managed to put a clamp on Creighton's offense on Sunday night. Creighton managed to scratch across a run in the 5th inning, but it proved to be the only run across the plate all night. Arlington wasn't spectacular on offense by any means, but they plated three runs in the final inning to put what was a 2-1 game out of reach. Creighton could not repeat their heroics from the previous night, and fell to the loser's bracket of the Junior State Tournament.

The Dawgs get a chance to continue their run at State on Monday with a 5 pm game against Palmer-Wolbach-Greeley (PWG), who outlasted Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg 6-5 in a 9 inning game that started the day at noon. That game can be heard on 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.

Box Score
Arlington
1 | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 3
5 Runs -12 Hits -0 Errors
Creighton
0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0
1 Runs -3 Hits -4 Errors
 

Creighton Advances with Walk-off Win in Extras at Junior State Baseball





It took a little stamina for baseball fans to stay up late enough on Saturday, but the exciting game between host Dodge-Scribner-Howells and Creighton should have helped as the final game of the night stretched into extras at the Junior Legion State Tournament.

The game was late to start, as rain on Friday night pushed back the start of the tournament. The three previous games ran just ahead of schedule, and what would have been a 9:30 start turned into a 9:01 first pitch on a warm but beautiful night in Dodge.

Creighton struck first with a run in the bottom of the first, before stringing together a couple more runs in the 3rd inning. DSH and Creighton both plated a run in the 4th to make it a 4-1 ballgame. DSH had a big inning in the fifth with three runs, and could have had more but the Dawgs were able to get out of a bases-loaded jam. The tie would last for three more innings as both team had chances to score but couldn't take advantage. After DSH took a lead in the top of the 9th inning as the visiting team, Creighton used a leadoff triple, an error by DSH, a hit batsmen and a fielder's choice to score two runs for a walk-off win at 11:28 at night.

Creighton now plays Arlington, who was a 5-0 winner over Alma in the previous game on Saturday. That matchup is at 7:30 PM and can be heard on 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.

If you have a couple of minutes you can listen to the audio from the bottom of the 9th inning:
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Wakefield Finishes 15th to Lead the Area at NHSFR


 

The high school rodeo season came to a finish with the conclusion of the National Finals. The NHSFR ran throughout the week in Rock Springs, Wyoming, with champions crowned in each event on Saturday night.

The top 20 in each event qualified for the short go-round, and champions were determined by the three round average scores. Riley Wakefield of O'Neill was the only area qualifier in the short go. Riley was not able to turn in a score in the steer wrestling, but still finished 15th in the average. Just to the south of our coverage area, Rowdy Moon of Sargent put in a 75 in the bareback riding in the short go to finish 3rd in the average with a score of 213. Another top competitor was Maddee Doerr of Creighton, who just missed the short go by finishing 25th in the goat tying.

Nebraska finished 10th overall in the state standings, with the boys 9th and the girls 13th.

More in-depth information and results can be found at nhsra.com. Otherwise, here are the scores for area cowboys and cowgirls from the week.

 
Contestant Name - Hometown
Event Round 1 Round 2 Short Go
Riley Wakefield - O’Neill (with Cody Darnell, TR)
Steer Wrestling


Team Roping
6.05 - 1st in perf.
2nd in round

no score
9.58 - 4th in perf.
25th in round

6th in average
no score
no score
15th in average


.
Tate Mathis - Atkinson (with Reece Weber)
Team Roping no score no score .
Maddee Doerr - Creighton
Goat Tying 9.19 - 6th in perf.
61st in round
7.76 - 3rd in perf.
10th in round
25th in average
.
Emily Knust - Verdigre
Breakaway Roping
Goat Tying
no time
9.86 - 8th in perf.
77th in round
5.12 - 16th in perf.
73rd in round
9.72 - 12th in perf.
60th in round
.
.
Nolan Sybrant - Bassett
Tie-Down Roping 16.08 - 4th in perf.
54th in round
no score .
Rachael Calvo - Bassett
Barrel Racing 23.455 - 29th in perf.
161st in round
18.073 - 9th in perf.
63rd in round
.
Shane Weber - Burwell
Saddle Bronc 43 - 4th in perf.
24th in round
no score .
Cade Svoboda - Ord
Bareback Riding no score 53 - 9th in perf.
T34th in round
.
Brook Jamison - Ashby (daughter of Lisa (Poese) Jamison)
Breakaway Roping 12.75 - 8th in perf.
72nd in round
no score .

 

Junior Legion Area Baseball Recap



With two Area baseball tournaments played in the KBRX region, the last five days have brought plenty of entertainment. In the end though, only two teams would be able to advance to continue their seasons at the State Tournament.

In Class C, Creighton was victorious in back-to-back games to make it back to the Junior State Tournament for the 4th straight year. After suffering a 10-7 loss to Neligh on Sunday, Creighton came back with 6-2 and 11-1 (5 inning) triumphs over the Warriors.

The Dawgs have been runner-ups in two of the last three state tournaments including last year when they hosted Class C State. This year Creighton draws the host team for a 7:30 opening-round matchup in Dodge. As a reminder, in the Legion baseball brackets the state tournaments are seeded by which area the team comes out of instead of by record. Other matchups starting with the opening game of the tournament are: West Point vs Palmer-Wolbach-Greeley (PWG), Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg (SOS) vs Wymore and Alma vs Arlington. Of note: Arlington was the winner of the C3 Area, beating last year's champions Louisville/Weeping Water. Click here for the Class C bracket.

In Class B Area 5 play Wayne upset host O'Neill 7-2 and 9-2. In both games Wayne jumped out to leads that the Irish could not overcome. Wayne qualifies for the Class B State Tournament in Bennington starting Saturday. Wayne will play Crete in the 1 pm 2nd game, and other matchups are Holdrege vs Omaha Roncalli, Chadron vs Syracuse and Bennington vs Hickman. Click here for the Class B bracket.
 

Mean Green Claims Title at State Softball, Heat 3rd




The O'Neill Mean Green Machine, coached by Chuch Price and Bob Pinkerman
Front l-r: Jamie Laetsch, Mackenzie Wecker, Libi Slack, Randi Pinkerman, Paula Zakrzewski, Bailee Dougherty, Ashley Everitt. Back l-r: Erin Boyle, Arianna Dugan, Krissy Krotter, Kaylee Harvey, Tracy Chvala, Kaddee Harner


O'Neill had two teams place highly and six other area teams competed at State Softball this weekend.

In Lexington, the Mean Green Machine from O'Neill rampaged through the 18 & under bracket with a 6-0 record and a championship. Another O'Neill team finished 3rd as the O'Neill Heat went 5-2 in the 14 & under division. Pierce also did well with a 4-2 finish and a runner-up trophy in the 16 & under tournament.

The links to the finished brackets and a quick recap of how each area team did is below.

State Softball Tournament Results
12 & Under Tournament @ South Sioux City (Riverview Fields)
Verdigre (1-2), Tilden (1-3)
14 & Under Tournament @ Hastings (ASA Complex)
O'Neill Heat (5-2, 3rd place), Creighton (0-3)
16 & Under Tournament @ Hastings (ASA Complex)
O'Neill Irish (3-2), Verdigre (1-3), Pierce (4-2, 2nd place)
18 & Under Tournament @ Lexington (Optimists Rec. Complex)
O'Neill Mean Green Machine (6-0, 1st place)

 

High Schoolers Set To Compete at NHSFR in Wyoming


 

The high school rodeo season is about to come to a finish with the National Finals next week in Wyoming. The NHSFR runs throughout the entire week, from July 13th-18th in Rock Springs, with champions crowned in each event on Saturday night.

The top four finishers in each event from Nebraska qualified for the Finals, and the draw has been set for each of them. The draw is unofficial, as things could change during the rodeo due to unforseen changes, but it should be accurate if all goes well.

The format for competition is two preliminary rounds split into six performances, followed by the short go. Points are awarded to the top 20 in each event in each go-round and the average. Each contestant competes in his/her event at least twice – once in each of the first two long go-rounds. The top 20 in each event following the completion of the first two go-rounds qualify for the short go-round. The first long-go round is Sunday night through Wednesday morning, with Wednesday evening through Saturday morning making up the second round. Morning performances begin at 9 am while the evenings start at 7 pm. The short go is Saturday night at 7 pm.

More in-depth information can be found at nhsra.com. Otherwise, below are the draws for the area contestants. Results will be updated periodically throughout the week.

 
Contestant Name - Hometown
Event Round 1 Round 2 Short Go
Riley Wakefield - O’Neill (with Cody Darnell, TR)
Steer Wrestling


Team Roping
6.05 - 1st in perf.
2nd in round

no score
9.58 - 4th in perf.
25th in round

6th in average
no score
.
.
Tate Mathis - Atkinson (with Reece Weber)
Team Roping no score no score .
Maddee Doerr - Creighton
Goat Tying 9.19 - 6th in perf.
61st in round
7.76 - 3rd in perf.
10th in round
25th in average
.
Emily Knust - Verdigre
Breakaway Roping
Goat Tying
no time
9.86 - 8th in perf.
77th in round
5.12 - 16th in perf.
73rd in round
9.72 - 12th in perf.
60th in round
.
.
Nolan Sybrant - Bassett
Tie-Down Roping 16.08 - 4th in perf.
54th in round
no score .
Rachael Calvo - Bassett
Barrel Racing 23.455 - 29th in perf.
161st in round
18.073 - 9th in perf.
63rd in round
.
Shane Weber - Burwell
Saddle Bronc 43 - 4th in perf.
24th in round
no score .
Cade Svoboda - Ord
Bareback Riding no score 53 - 9th in perf.
T34th in round
.
Brook Jamison - Ashby (daughter of Lisa (Poese) Jamison)
Breakaway Roping 12.75 - 8th in perf.
72nd in round
no score .

 

Watch: Travis Bostock Wins "Mad Dog" Demo Derby Award



Travis Bostock of Page competed in the 2015 Cherry County Ag Society Demolition Derby in Valentine on July 4th. He finished 5th and was awarded the night's Mad Dog, which is an award for most aggressive driver with the hardest hits.

Besides Bostock, Mathew Jones of Ainsworth took home the big first place prize, Jeremy Jones of Bennett placed second, Justin Wood of North Platte placed third, and Alyssa Homan of Valentine placed 4th. Mathew Jones also won the flag race.

You can see Bostock in the video below courtesy of Travis Kubal. You should get an idea on which car is his by the way he drives, otherwise look for the #26 that reads "GET BENT". At about the 1:30 point you can hear a spectator proclaiming with certainty who was going to win the Mad Dog that night!



 

Wecker Selected for Blue Team in NCA All-Star Match


 

Mackenzie Wecker will be the primary libero on the blue team
at the NCA All-Star Match (photo by Norfolk Daily News)

LINCOLN – Teams have been selected for the 2015 Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Volleyball Match.

While the players were chosen for the game back in December, the team assignments were just recently announced. The match will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Lincoln North Star High School.

Mackenzie Wecker of St. Mary's will represent not just O'Neill, but really all of north central Nebraska. Kenzie Drudik of Ord and Crofton's Maria Wortmann are the next closest players on the roster. This match is the only statewide all-star game, so the players invited are the top talent Nebraska has to offer, which shows when you look at the colleges these girls will be attending. Besides many quality small colleges, eight NCAA Division I schools are the landing points for girls on the roster below. Those schools are UNL, Creighton, UNO, Ohio State, Ohio, UNC-Greensboro, George Washington and Quinnipiac (in Hamden, Connecticut by the way, since you were probably wondering).

Here are the team rosters:

Blue Team
Maddy Bruder, OH, Norris (Northwest Missouri State)
Gessica Gdowski, OH, Fremont (Omaha)
Jenna Habegger, OH, Pawnee City (Concordia)
Clare Hamburger, setter, Hastings St. Cecilia (Hastings College)
Lauryn Hilger, OH, Millard South (Northwestern College)
Claire Knust, MH, Omaha Skutt (Quinnipiac)
Priscilla O’Dowd, MH, Papillion-LaVista (Midland University)
Allison Penner, setter/RS, Aurora (UNC-Greensboro)
Jessica Peters, setter, Papillion-LaVista (Midland University)
Tiani Reeves, MH/RS, Gothenburg (Nebraska)
Carley Remmers, OH/MH, Freeman (Ohio)
Lindsy Siegel, MH, Ansley-Litchfield (Hastings College)
Mackenzie Wecker, libero, O’Neill St. Mary’s (Northeast CC)
Maria Wortmann, MH, Crofton (Wayne State)
Head coach: Renee Saunders, Omaha Skutt
Assistant coach: Don Matt, Chadron

Red Team
Emma Benton, OH, Grand Island Central Catholic (Emporia State)
Kenzie Drudik, OH, Ord
Katie Hitz, MH, Lincoln North Star (Doane)
Kylie Hohlen, OH, Norris (Central Missouri State)
Hanna Justesen, OH, Elmwood-Murdock (George Washington)
Hannah Kring, MH, Axtell (Nebraska-Kearney)
Kelsey O’Connell, MH, Omaha Marian (Creighton)
Sara Rahmanzai, MH/RS, Gretna (Benedictine)
Meagen Roth, OH, Lincoln Southeast (Omaha)
Ali Rowse, setter, Minden (Nebraska-Kearney)
Kendall Schroer, MH, Ogallala (Nebraska-Kearney)
Morgan Stute, libero, Kearney Catholic (Nebraska-Kearney)
Megan Wickey, OH, Omaha Concordia (Ohio State)
Kylee Wurster, setter, Lincoln Southeast (Colorado Christian)
Head coach: Mike Brandon, Gretna
Assistant coach: Wendy Alexander, Ord
 

DeVries Earns Prestigious Academic Honor


story and photo courtesy of doaneathletics.com


Doane graduate Erin DeVries of Chambers has been named to the Capital One Academic All-American College Division Track & Field Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  This marks the third time DeVries has earned the honor, earning First Team honors this year after receiving Second Team honors the previous two years.

DeVries was a double major at Doane, graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology.  She posted one of the top grade point averages in the athletic department.

This past track and field season, she was an All-American during the indoor and outdoor seasons.  She competed in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon where she earned her honors.  DeVries was the GPAC champion in both events and earned seven All-GPAC honors this year, four during the indoor season.

She will be going to graduate school next year at the University of Kansas.

Erin had a remarkable career at Doane. Here are some of her biggest accomplishments:
2015: NAIA All-American (heptathlon)...NAIA national qualifier (heptathlon)...All-GPAC (long jump, javelin, heptathlon)
2014: NAIA All-American (heptathlon)...NAIA national qualifier (heptathlon)...All-GPAC (high jump, long jump, javelin, heptathalon)
2013: NAIA All-American (heptathlon)... NAIA national qualifier (heptathlon)... GPAC Female Peformance-of-the-Meet... GPAC Champion (heptathlon)...All-GPAC (long jump, high jump, heptathlon)
2012: NAIA All-American (heptathlon)... NAIA national qualifier (heptathlon)... GPAC Scholar-Athlete... GPAC Champion (heptathlon)... All-GPAC (heptathlon)
 

Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors 15-5 on the Season


article by Coach Greg Appleby

The O’Neill Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors have had an impressive season up to this point of the season as they head into tonight’s (Tuesday) game 15-5.  The Irish host Stanton on Tuesday and Ainsworth on Thursday before starting League Tournament play on Sunday and then the Irish host the Class B Area 5 Tournament July 10-14.  Teams in the Area 5 Tournament include Albion, Central City, Columbus Lakeview, O’Neill, Pierce, and Wayne.  Get up to Fred Appleby Field for the Area Tournament and support the Irish Juniors.

Last Friday night the Irish downed Ord 11-3.  Wyatt Liewer got the win on the mound with 4 innings of solid work.  Alex Thramer led the way with 3 hits, while Josh Cuddy and Brenden Cleveland each had 2 hits.  Also having hits were Bryce Heiser, Justin Appleby, Nick Haburchak, Devin Jurgensmeier, Bailey Thompson, and Deven Fritz.

Bryce Heiser threw a one-hitter while striking out 7 to lead the Irish Juniors over Tekamah-Herman 7-2 in the first round of the Pierce Baseball Backers Tournament on Saturday. Justin Appleby paced the offense going 3-4 while Devin Jurgensmeier and Austin Hilker each pounded out 2 hits. Irish had a great defensive effort led by Wyatt Liewer in center with a great catch and gun out of a runner at 3rd base, Bailey Thompson and Shayne Campbell each made nice plays in left and right field respectively.

The Juniors ended up coming home with 2nd place in the Pierce Backers baseball tournament on Sunday. The Irish downed Pierce 13-7 Sunday morning before falling to Pender 11-10 in the Championship game late Sunday afternoon. In the win over Pierce Esteban DeLaO came on in relief and threw the final 4 innings to pick up the victory on the mound. The Irish offense came alive in the 3rd and 4th innings scoring 9 runs off the Pierce pitcher. Shayne Campbell and Bailey Thompson each had 2 hits to pace the offense. Thompson and Justin Appleby each had triples in the game. Others with good hits for the Irish were Alex Thramer, Deven Fritz, and Bryce Heiser.

Against Pender, the Irish led 7-1 going in the bottom of the 3rd, but a potent Pender offense plated 8 runs in the 3rd to take the lead. The Irish and Pender battled back and forth the rest of the way and the Irish left the tying run in scoring position to end the game. Bailey Thompson stayed HOT at the plate going 4-5 to pace the offense. The entire Irish offense hit well as the Irish had 16 hits in the game. Those with 2 hits were Alex Thramer, Justin Appleby, Devin Jurgensmeier, Bryce Heiser, and Wyatt Liewer. Liewer also continued to his stellar outfield defense by gunning out a Pender runner at the plate from centerfield. Austin Hilker and Nic Haburchak also had hits for the Irish. Haburchak has been stellar behind the plate all year for the Irish and deserves a TON of credit for catching for both the Juniors & Seniors this year as the Seniors battle some injuries. He would have caught all 21 innings on Sunday if we had asked him to!!

Last night, the Irish fell to Atkinson 13-11 in an offensive-minded game.  The Irish bats were hot thoughout as they pounded out 15 hits and led 9-2 heading into the 5th inning but Atkinson would not die as they scored 11 runs in the final 3 innings to come away with the victory.  This was a good game and both teams offenses were really good.  Nick Haburchak led the way for O’Neill going 3-4 while Bryce Heiser, Justin Appleby, and Brenden Cleveland each had 2 hits.  Justin Appleby was able to shut down Atkinson through the first 4 innings, but the Atkinson bats came alive in the later innings to give Appleby the loss on the mound.
 
   
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