Broken Bow falls in baseball home openers

BROKEN BOW--The Broken Bow Junior baseball team couldn’t keep up with Holdrege and lost 18-4 in three innings at Paul Brown Field Saturday evening. Holdrege was able to capitalize on Broken Bow’s inability to throw strikes. Broken Bow’s Preston Sanchez couldn’t find the strike zone and walked five batters in the first inning and allowed six runs. Jake McCormick replaced Sanchez and pitched into the second inning giving up five runs and walking four batters. Bow finally succumbed in the third inning, allowing seven runs and the game was ended due to the mercy rule. The offensive bright spot for Broken Bow was Jake McCormick’s three-run home run to right field in the first inning. In other action the Junior team traveled to Cozad last week and came up short, 12-6, after five innings. The game was ended due to the two-hour game rule. Cozad jumped on Bow quickly producing eight runs in the first inning. Bow was able to add runs in the second, third and fifth innings but it wasn’t enough to overcome Cozad’s fast start. McCormick batted 2-3 with a single and double; he also scored once. Ben Nelson went 2-3 with two singles and crossed the plate once. McCormick started the game for Bow, allowing seven runs before Seth Quakenbush replaced him. Quackenbush pitched four innings, allowing five runs. The Juniors opened their season at Hastings, losing 10-0 in five innings late last week. Preston Sanchez was the losing pitcher, giving up seven runs in two innings. The Broken Bow Senior baseball team dropped an 11-2 decision in their home opener Saturday night at Paul Brown Field. Holdrege struck early, scoring two runs in the first inning. In the third inning Holdrege tacked on two more runs and Broken Bow responded with Justin McCullough and Wilson Baker scoring, making the score 4-2 after three innings of play. Holdrege added one more run in the fourth inning before erupting for six runs in the fifth inning ending the game due to the eight run rule, which is a new rule in conference play, replacing the 10-run rule. Derek McCormick was the losing pitcher, giving up eight hits and three earned runs. The Senior team opened their season at Cozad last week, losing 6-5 in eight innings. The contest started slow before both teams produced runs in the third inning. Bow scored first with a run in the third inning. Cozad responded with two runs as they led 2-1 after three innings. Cozad scored again in the fifth inning and Broken Bow responded in the sixth inning with one run. In the seventh inning Bow scored three times and took a 5-3 lead. Cozad scored two runs to tie the game forcing extra innings and won the game in the eighth inning because of an error. Michael Coleman pitched seven innings for Broken Bow, giving up five hits, five runs and striking out eight. Kirby Pomplun took the loss.