PLATTSMOUTH – The Plattsmouth Seniors defended their home diamond Friday night with a destructive display of hitting against Tecumseh.
The Blue Devils defeated the Chieftains 11-1 in a Senior Legion baseball game held at Blue Devil Park. Plattsmouth carved out 12 hits and produced a consistent scoring attack throughout the evening. The game ended in the fifth inning due to mercy rule.
Plattsmouth head coach Jim Olsen said the team’s offense has been gaining strength over the past seven days. The Blue Devils scored five runs against Falls City June 5 and put up 12 runs against Nebraska City Thursday night. Plattsmouth continued that pace with the 11-run outburst against Tecumseh.
“This entire week we’ve been hitting the ball really well,” Olsen said. “There was one point tonight where we had seven straight hits, which was a really good feeling. The guys have been taking a lot of good at-bats and have been seeing the ball really well.”
Plattsmouth opened the game with a solo run in the first inning. Connor Pohlmeier reached third base after an infield single, error and wild pitch. Dylan Mayfield put runners on the corners after being struck by a pitch, and Olsen called for a double steal soon after. Pohlmeier scampered home after Tecumseh tried to throw out Mayfield at second.
Tecumseh nearly turned the scoreboard in its favor in the next inning. Josh Bailey blasted a leadoff double to the left-field fence and Tanner Kerner followed him with a walk. Bailey ran to third on an error and Kerner moved into scoring position on a steal.
Plattsmouth pitcher Jacob Davis erased the scoring threat with his work on the mound. He struck out the next three batters to short-circuit Tecumseh’s energy.
“That was huge for the rest of the game,” Olsen said. “We got into a little bit of a tough situation there with runners on second and third and no one out, but Jacob did a great job of bearing down and striking out the side. That was a turning point right there because we got a lot of momentum from that.”
Plattsmouth doubled its lead in its half of the second. Aaronn Aho drilled a leadoff double to left and advanced 90 feet on Nathan Konkler’s groundout. Shawn McKinley then drove Aho home with a groundout to second base.
The Blue Devils changed the game’s complexion in the third. The team scored six runs and sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame. Pohlmeier began the rally with a one-out walk, and Mayfield, Josh Aho, Jack Glup, Aaronn Aho, Konkler, McKinley and Kirkland Haswell followed him with seven consecutive hits. Konkler and McKinley each had two runs batted in and Josh Aho and Glup had one RBI apiece.
Plattsmouth plated three insurance runs in the fourth. Mayfield led off with a walk and Josh Aho then demolished a pitch for a home run. Aho’s blast sailed into the upper level of a row of trees beyond left field. Alijah Dillon later made it 11-0 when he sent Glup home with a RBI single.
Josh Aho ended the game with two hits, three RBI and two runs. McKinley posted one single and three RBI, and Pohlmeier collected one single, one walk and two runs. Mayfield scored twice and reached base on one single, one walk and one hit-by-pitch.
Glup generated two singles, two runs and one RBI and Aaronn Aho had one double, one single and two runs. Konkler posted one double and two RBI, Dillon had one single and one RBI and Haswell delivered one double.
Davis threw all five innings for Plattsmouth. He limited Tecumseh to five hits and had nine strikeouts during his performance.
“Jacob did a great job out there,” Olsen said. “Tecumseh’s got some good hitters, so this game could have been closer if Jacob hadn’t pitched like he did. He did a nice job of making quality pitches at key spots tonight.”
Plattsmouth is slated to resume its season Tuesday night at Auburn. The team will host Lincoln Christian in a Southeastern Nebraska Baseball Conference matchup at 8 p.m. June 13.
Tecumseh 000 01 – 1 5 1
Plattsmouth 116 3x – 11 12 1
Plattsmouth Juniors 9, Tecumseh 0
The Plattsmouth Juniors began the evening with a five-inning victory. The team scored in each frame and tallied ten hits in the matchup.
Logan Blotzer, Adam Eggert and Zane Renner all produced two hits for Plattsmouth. Eggert and Renner each had two RBI and Easton Hoschar drove in one run.
Nolan Cherek picked up the victory on the mound. He struck out nine Tecumseh batters in five innings.
Tecumseh 000 00 – 0 2 0
Plattsmouth 132 12 – 9 10 0