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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Pioneer hits were foiled by walks and errors on Monday

  • Free bases and errors made up the difference in a high scoring affair on Monday as homestanding Nebraska City fell to Bennington, 14-10.
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  • Free bases and errors made up the difference in a high scoring affair on Monday as homestanding Nebraska City fell to Bennington, 14-10.
    The Pioneers had an eight run inning in the fourth, but that was offset by 11 free bases, eight by walk and three by hit-by-pitch, and four errors.
    While those stats are frustrating for Nebraska City, Coach Tom Bales said his Pioneers fix their problems.
    “We just haven't put together a complete game yet,” said Bales. “Against Bennington, we didn't play defense very well and gave up way too many walks to win the game. We hit the ball well, but until we sure up the defense we are going to struggle to win games.  It will just take some extra work and we will get there.”
    The Pioneer offense finished with 10 runs on nine hits.
    Nathan Zaroban and Noah Kasbohm each had two hits including a double and Brennen Bales had two hits to lead the Pioneer offense. Chris Monaghan had a grand slam home run. Kestyn Lee had a double. And Jake Pierce had a single.
    Players with RBI were Monaghan, four; and Pierce, Kasbohm, Lee and Bret Kochanowicz, one each.
    Players scoring runs were Kasbohm and Lee, two each; and Zaroban, Pierce, Bales, Jacob Martens, Monaghan, Kochanowicz, one each.
    Zaroban pitched three innings, while Martens and Lee each pitched for two frames. Martens had the most strikeouts in the trio of hurlers with four. Zaroban had two and Lee had one.
    Nebraska City, 0-3, will play at 5 p.m. Thursday at  Schilke Fields in Fremont against Fremont Bergan.
    Schilke Fields is located at US Highway 275 Bypass and Old Highway 275.

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