Nebraska City picked up a home win over Bellevue West, but had its conference tournament spoiled by Waverly during recent action on the baseball diamond.
The Pioneers played Waverly in a regular season game on April 5, losing by a count of 5-0, then returned to action on Tuesday for a first round match up in the Eastern Midlands Conference tournament. The Vikes beat Nebraska City by the count of 3-2.
Between those two games, the Pioneers worked in a 9-4 win over Bellevue West on Monday.
Counting those results, the Pioneers’ record now stands at 2-9.
Nebraska City will now be off until Tuesday, April 17, when the team travels to play a 7 p.m. game at Elkhorn.
Looking back at the two Waverly games, Coach Tom Bales said the losses had a lot in common.
“The games were very similar,” said Bales. “ We did not get enough hits to win the games. We hit the ball pretty good, but everything was right at them in both games. A mistake here, a walk there, and we found ourselves down a few runs and playing catch up.”
Turning to the Bellevue West contest, the Pioneers were buoyed by the pitching and hitting of Gabe Sammons, who hit a home run and also had a productive night in the pitching department.
“Gabe had a great game on the mound and at the plate,” said Bales. “He worked the plate well and threw a lot of strikes. He has really worked hard on his hitting and it is starting pay off.”
With the conference tournament being over now for Nebraska City, the Pioneers will start to turn their focus to building momentum for district time.
Coach Bales said he feels there are reasons for optimism.
“We are showing flashes of being a good team,” said Bales. “ We just haven't been able to do it for a whole game. We’ve played well the last couple of games, so I am hoping we can start putting it all together for the second half of the season.”