First State Bank got solid pitching and timely hitting on Tuesday night to defeat J.C. Brager (Lincoln Southeast) 4-3 in a Seniors game at Schilke Field.
Southeast tied the game at 2 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but the Seniors answered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning.
“Our kids battled through some adversity when Southeast tied the ball game in the top of the sixth, but in the bottom half we were able to get our lead-off guy on, bunt him over and then Eli (Herink) came up with a big at-bat to score the go-ahead run.,” FSB coach Jeff Hayden said. “It was really nice to see five or six good, quality, productive team at-bats in that inning.”
Dylan Kucera started for FSB and worked 5 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on one hit and one walk while striking out 10.
Hayden said the Midland University track recruit kept Southeast off-balance.
“Dylan had dominate stuff tonight and did everything he could to put his team in a position to win,” Hayden said. “He controlled at-bats from start to finish and we played really good defense behind him as well.”
Brennan Callahan worked the final 1 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run on three hits and didn’t walk a batter.
“I thought Brennan stepped up tonight as well,” Hayden said. “He came out of the pen and got the last five outs for us and also had a solid at-bat in the sixth that scored what proved to be a huge insurance run.”
Austin Callahan doubled and singled to lead the FSB attack. He also scored one run. Right fielder Reed Fitzke had two hits and one RBI. Herink had one hit, one run scored and two RBI. Donnie Mueller, Kucera, Brennan Callahan, Mitchell Glause, Dillon Dix, Logan Sacco and Nick Herink had one hit apiece. Sacco also scored twice.
“I’m real happy with our offense tonight, but I would’ve liked to see us score more than four runs with 12 hits,” Hayden said.
The Seniors, 9-3, were scheduled to play at Lincoln East on Wednesday night, but results were not available at press time.