Broken Bow and Holdredge added another wild game to their rivalry Monday night as Holdredge prevailed over the Indians, 8-6 in a back-and-forth game that took eight innings.
Holdredge used tough pitching to keep Broken Bow off the scoreboard for most of the game. They held a 1-0 lead before they increased it to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 4th on a passed ball.
The Indians started to show some life offensively in the 6th inning with an RBI-single by left fielder Derek McCormick, who brought home Kirby Pomplun, cutting the score to 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th.
Bow then loaded the bases for shortstop Josey Evans. Evans drew the walk to force home a run and tie the score at 2-2. A passed ball on the next at-bat gave Broken Bow the 3-2 lead as they headed into the top of the 7th inning.
Holdredge loaded the bases in their half of the 7th before a dropped fly ball allowed a run to score an tie the game at 3-3 and advance runners to second and third. Pitcher Kirby Pomplun received the go-ahead for the intentional walk to try to force a double play.
The next batter grounded to Evans at shortstop and Evans attempted to throw home, but the throw pulled catcher Grayson Minnick off the bag and Holdredge took a 4-3 lead. Holdredge would go on to score two more runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th.
Broken Bow showed they weren't going to go down without a fight.
Timely hits and a couple of errors by Holdredge helped the Indians score three in the inning to force the game into extra time. The seventh inning ended with Jake McCormick getting called out on a close play at the plate.
Holdredge scored two more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a two-RBI single and Broken Bow failed to rally for a third time, forcing them into the losers bracket matchup with McCook.
"We were proud of them that they battled," assistant coach Micah Pomplun said. "You can't win them all and its a tough one to lose. We had our opportunities to win and it just didn't go our way."
Third basemen Ben Nelson echoed his coach's sentiments.
"It seemed like everything that could have gone right for them, did," Nelson said. "It seemed like they got all the breaks."
For Holdredge coach Mike Borden, he knew the game was going to be a battle, just as the games between these two teams usually are.
"Broken Bow came to battle," Borden said. "They were going to play to the very dire end and it was a great battle between two teams. I think we we're fortunate to have won the game."
Both the players and coaches for Broken Bow knew the mistakes made towards the end of the game were more mental than physical.
"We should have won," Jake McCormick said. "We just had some bonehead mistakes."
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