On paper, Hooper-Scribner looked like an easy first-round win for the Neligh Seniors. But on the field, it was two heart-breaking losses.
Hooper-Scribner stunned Neligh 9-0 Friday in the Class C Area 1 District Tournament. They then topped Neligh 6-2 again Monday to end the season.
“I’m really proud of the way we approached this game,” said coach Dan Murray. “I thought our boys brought the fight for the whole game; there was no quit in them. We did a good job of making contact with the bats. Hooper just did a good job defensively.”
Murray said between Jayden Arehart, Cole Belitz and Beau Murray on the mound, Neligh pitched well enough to win. But the Seniors just couldn’t cross the plate.
Arehart threw 85 pitches while Belitz and Murray added 37 and 24, respectively. They gav eup just five hits.
“Some of these kids I have been with since they were little, and to watch them get to where they are now has been a tremendous ride,” Murray said. “I can’t thank them enough for there leadership and attitudes toward. the game they brought each and every time.
Neligh opened the tournament withan error- plague first game as Hooper-Scribner managed just two hits in the game. Uncharacteristically sloppy, Neligh bobbled the baseball time and again, allowing easy runs to score.
The Seniors also struggled on the mound as Murray brought in four pitchers in the first two innings as the Hooper-Scribner went up 7-0 after two and ended the game in five innings.
Neligh rebounded with a 13-2 win over West Point-Beemer/Dodge Howells on Saturday night. Murray picked up with win behind his 44 pitches.
Holding a 4-0 lead, Neligh exploded with a nine-run fourth inning for a dominating 13-2 win, eliminating West Point-Beemer/Dodge Howells from the tournament.
Murray said while some of the players will age out of the baseball league, quite a few will have the option of coming back for one or more seasons.
“We have a ton of young talent in this group, and if they stick with it and apply themselves, I expect great things in the future for them,” Murray said.
WP: Jake Hagebaumer
LP: Jayden Arehart
WP: Beau Murray
LP: Charlie Dvorak
WP: Garret Palmer
LP: Conor Ramold