AUBURN – Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka Junior Legion baseball players created many successful outcomes during their summer season.
They saw their campaign end this week with several more victories on the scoreboard.
The Nationals participated in the Area B1 Tournament at Auburn’s Tushla Field Friday through Monday. Second-seeded Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka went 2-2 in the tournament and finished the season 19-6.
E-M/N 8, Nebraska City 5
Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka maintained consistent offense against seventh-seeded Nebraska City in the opening round Friday night. The Nationals crossed the plate in five innings and had a pair of multiple-run frames.
Nebraska City jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning and claimed a 4-3 lead in the top of the third inning. Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka gained momentum after that. The team knotted the score at 4-4 in the third and went ahead with a solo run in the fifth. E-M/N then tipped the game’s balance in its favor with three runs in the sixth.
Carter Bornemeier guided the team’s offense with three hits. Austin Boucher collected two hits and two runs batted in and Jakob Boucher posted two hits. Ben Hansen, Kobe Gansemer and Lane Fox combined on the pitching victory.
Nebraska City 103 000 1 – 5 3 1
E-M/N 121 013 x – 8 12 3
Syracuse 11, E-M/N 8
The Nationals nearly came back from a big deficit against third-seeded Syracuse Saturday afternoon. The teams played in the winner’s bracket of the tournament.
Syracuse expanded a 3-1 lead to 8-1 in the top of the fifth. The Rockets relied on walks to fuel their scoring outburst. Griffin Goering drew four walks in the game and Jacob Gorton and Grant Stubbendeck combined for five walks. Zach Beers added two hits and two RBI.
Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and added three runs in the sixth. Syracuse led 11-6 in the top of the seventh and kept the Nationals from tying things in the final half-inning.
Tommy Eggert and Austin Boucher paced E-M/N’s offense. Both registered two RBI in the game.
Syracuse 101 151 2 – 11 11 2
E-M/N 010 023 2 – 8 7 3
E-M/N 10, Hickman Blues 4
Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka kept a firm grasp on the game’s momentum Sunday afternoon against the fifth-seeded Hickman Blues. The Nationals scored once in the first inning and erupted for six runs in the second. The team built the gap to 9-1 in the next frame and maintained a large cushion after that.
Bornemeier delivered three hits and three RBI for the Nationals. Jakob Boucher posted two hits and three RBI and Blake Henderson added a pair of walks.
Hansen held the Blues in check for a majority of the afternoon. He struck out seven batters in 5 1/3 innings and threw 16 first-pitch strikes.
Hickman Blues 001 300 0 – 4 5 2
E-M/N 162 010 x – 10 9 2
Hickman 10, E-M/N 7
Fourth-seeded Hickman used its powerful offense to eliminate E-M/N from the tournament late Monday night. The Nationals faced a scoring attack that had generated 55 runs during the first three days of the tournament. Hickman had defeated Hickman Blues 20-10, Auburn 19-8 and Syracuse 16-0 in earlier action.
Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka went toe to toe with the Titans for much of the game. The Nationals erased a 3-0 deficit in the second inning and shaved Hickman’s lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth. Hickman added a pair of key insurance runs in the sixth inning to hold on for the victory.
Bornemeier and Henderson each collected two hits for the Nationals. Jakob Boucher walked three times and Owen Snipes delivered two RBI.
Hickman 303 022 0 – 10 9 5
E-M/N 120 031 0 – 7 9 3