Garrett Bassinger’s two-run fourth inning home run ignited Nebraska City’s offense and sent the Post 8 Seniors on their way to a 7-2 opening round win at the Class B Area One tournament at Clemmy Holmes Field on Saturday night.
Auburn out-hit the Nebraska City team 9-8 for the game and controlled the action through the first three-plus innings, but  Nebraska City found a way to rally.
The single that preceded Bassinger’s home run was Nebraska City’s first hit of the game. After the home run, Nebraska City hit five singles and a double.
Clay Stovall pitched a complete game for Nebraska City. He struck out five and worked his way out of two bases loaded jams for the game.

Game Action
Auburn’s pitching kept Nebraska City’s bats quiet through three complete innings as the visitors faced one over the nine batter minimum. Offensively, Auburn scored a run in the first frame on a base hit by the team’s starting pitcher, who went 4-for-4 at the plate, including a double. An RBI walk in the second had the score at 2-0 in favor of Auburn, but the Bulldogs left the bases loaded.
Nebraska City got a fourth inning single by Eli Southard, who scored on Bassinger’s home run to tie the game 2-2. Trent Fahey hit a single and Jordan Williams hit a double. Fahey scored the go-ahead run when Max Chaney reached on an error.
Bassinger hit a single in the fifth inning and was left stranded on base.
Nebraska City posted four runs in its final at bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Back-to-back base hits by Williams and Chaney got the frame started. Bryce Levy walked.
Tyler Levy drew a bases loaded RBI walk and, after an excellent play on a line out by the Auburn short stop, Stovall hit an RBI single. A run scored on a past ball. And, after a walk to Bassinger, Fahey drew a free base on a bases loaded hit by pitch.

Area Results
First round Friday winners at the Class B Area One tournament at Nebraska City were Auburn over Plattsmouth, Beatrice over Falls City and Hickman over Lincoln Christian. Falls City eliminated Lincoln Christian on Saturday in an elimination game. And Hickman topped Beatrice in a championship round game before Nebraska City beat Auburn.
Elimination action on Sunday has Falls City and Auburn playing at 2 p.m. and Beatrice playing Plattsmouth at 5 p.m. before Nebraska City clashes with Hickman at 8 p.m.