CENTRAL CITY--The Broken Bow Seniors saw their season come to a conclusion at the Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament at Central City.
In an elimination game Sunday morning, Broken Bow lost an 8-0 decision to league rival Aurora and finished their season with a 16-13 overall record. In the first inning both teams were held scoreless. Aurora scored a run in the bottom of the second inning, added three runs in the fourth inning and two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Broken Bow had numerous opportunities but left 10 base runners stranded, including the bases loaded in the top of the first inning. Taking the defeat for Broken Bow was Mid-Nebraska All-Star Michael Coleman. Coleman pitched five innings, allowed five hits, six runs and no walks and struck out five. He was replaced be fellow Mid-Nebraska All-Star Kirby Pomplun. Pomplun pitched the final inning, allowed three hits, two runs and no walks and struck out one batter. Broken Bow was held to only four hits. Pomplun led Broken Bow with two hits in three at bats. Spencer Goodman and Hunter Campbell each added a hit.
Broken Bow opened the state tournament against Seward and lost 12-2. However the game was tightly contested till the seventh inning.
Both teams were scoreless in the first inning, and then Seward scored twice in the second and third innings making the score 4-0 after three innings of play. There was no offense for either team in the fourth and fifth innings. Then Broken Bow showed some life after Spencer Goodman hit a two-run home run to left field and closed the gap to 4-2. Just when Broken Bow grabbed momentum Seward answered with eight runs in the seventh inning. Mistakes were a key factor in the late inning collapse. Aurora capitalized on five errors and numerous miscues. Taking the loss for Broken Bow was Coleman. Coleman lasted three innings, allowed six hits, four runs and two walks and struck out one. Coleman was replaced by Pomplun. Pomplun pitched three and one third innings, allowed five hits, four runs and no walks and struck out five. Chad Christensen replaced Pomplun and he pitched one third of an inning, allowed one hit, four runs and four walks. Finishing the contest for Broken Bow was Wilson Baker. Baker pitched one third of an inning, allowed no hits, no runs and two walks.
Broken Bow was limited to four hits in 25 at bats. Leading the way for Broken Bow was Goodman. Goodman batted one for three, producing two runs batted in on a homerun. Pomplun, Dodge and Christensen each went one for three.
Even though Broken Bow was swept out of the state tournament, Coach Jerry Pomplun was proud of what his team accomplished.
“From where we started and where we finished I’m absolutely proud of this team,” Pomplun said. “The majority of our team returns next year. They know what qualifying for the state tournament takes now. I’m looking forward to what we can do next year.”
Broken Bow was victorious in the B-6 Area Championship that took place at Gothenburg last week. Broken Bow needed to beat McCook twice in order to win the area title and qualify for the state playoffs. Broken Bow did just that and upended McCook twice, by scores of 12-2 and 11-0.
On paper the area championship was unlikely to happen. McCook qualified as the sixth-seed and Broken Bow qualified as the fourth-seed. However, both teams proved any team can win once the post-season begins
In the first game Broken Bow scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and set the tone for the game. Neither team scored in the second inning. McCook scored twice in the top of the third inning and closed the gap to within two. Broken Bow responded with two runs and led 6-2 after three innings of play. The Broken Bow offense stayed hot and added four runs in the fourth inning and a run in the fifth and sixth innings to close the win via the 10-run mercy rule.
Earning the win for Broken Bow was Coleman. Coleman pitched six innings, allowed five hits, two runs and no walks and struck out five batters.
Dodge led the Broken Bow offense with three runs batted in and went three for four from the plate. Derek McCormick batted in two runs and went one for three.
Broken Bow started right where they left off in the second game. Neither team scored in the first inning. Then Broken Bow blew the game open in the second inning with six runs. Broken Bow didn’t score until the fifth inning, but they made it count and scored five runs and induced the 10-run mercy rule. Earning the win for Broken Bow was Pomplun. Pomplun pitched five innings, allowed four hits, no runs and three walks and struck out seven batters. Pomplun led the way for Broken Bow on the offensive front, too. He batted two for three and batted in three runs. Head Coach Jerry Pomplun was pleased with his team throughout the area tournament.
“We played great in the area tournament. The farther we advanced in the tournament, the better we played,” said Pomplun. “We got hot at the right time.”
Broken Bow faced Gothenburg in a rematch on the losers’ side of the bracket. Gothenburg pushed across one run in the second inning and led 1-0 after two innings of play. The Broken Bow offense then came to life. Broken Bow scored three runs in the third inning, two runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the sixth inning and in the process sent the host-team packing. Earning the win for Broken Bow was Christensen. Christensen pitched five innings, allowed five hits, two runs and no walks and struck out four batters. Earning the save was Coleman. Coleman pitched two innings, allowed one hit, no runs and no walks and struck out one batter.
Broken Bow faced McCook in an attempt to qualify for the area championship but fell 6-2. Broken Bow led 2-1 after four innings, however, McCook rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the seventh inning. Taking the defeat for Broken Bow was Pomplun. Pomplun pitched five and two/third innings, allowed four hits, three runs and four walks and struck out eight batters. Wilson Baker and Coleman both went one for three and batted one run in.