Close results and come-from-behind wins have become commonplace occurrences for the Nebraska City American Legion Seniors baseball team this summer.
The NC Seniors won in walk-off fashion on Tuesday, surged for big sixth inning in a come back win on Wednesday and then demonstrated their dominance in a win at Plattsmouth.
The 11-1 run-rule shortened victory on Thursday had to leave Nebraska City Head Coach James Widoe with some good feelings for a couple of reasons.
First off, the win was a nice respite after two heart stoppers on back-to-back nights at Clemmy Holmes Field.
The second reason for joy was the location of the Thursday win.
After Wednesday’s win, Coach Widoe pointed to the importance of Plattsmouth as the Seniors’ state tourney location.
“The only goal is to end our season where we play tomorrow and that’s Plattsmouth,” Widoe said. “Hopefully we will end it in a pile of bodies at the pitcher’s mound.”
Nebraska City’s record after Thursday, 11-0, is one fitting for a team with the lofty goals that Nebraska City is targetting.
“They have all the ability in the world,” Widoe said of his team. “The end result is going to depend on what’s going on between their ears.
“If they stay positive and do the little things...I really think the sky is the limit for this group.”
Back to those close games though, Coach Widoe has seen what his team can do when pressed to its limits. And he says he’s alright with the notion of not going out and trying to prove it anymore now.
“I told the kids in the post game huddle, you can start hitting a little earlier. We don’t have to wait until the bottom of the sixth or seventh,” Widoe joked on Wednesday.
All kidding aside, the Nebraska City team has shown that it will not back down from a challenge. Tuesday and Wednesday definitely prove the point.
“I don’t get worried in the dug out because I know that they have the ability,” he said. “The kids are positive. They never give up.”
And the coach knows his team can get out on foes and control the game. He said as much on Wednesday and the team proved him right on Thursday.

Seniors 17, Auburn 8
Nebraska City belted out 19 hits, including five extra-base knocks and one home run in a rout of Auburn on Monday, June 6.
Andrew Harrah hit four times, including a double and a homer. Jake Kreifel had three hits including a double while Noah Kasbohm had two hits including a double. Hayden Miller hit a triple and Cody Krier had a double.
Other hit leaders were Brennen Bales, three singles; Sheridan Silvius and Jared Nemec, two singles; and Austin Betts, single.
Trey Denniston pitched five frames and allowed seven hits and six runs, three earned, on five strikeouts and two walks. Austin Betts pitched two frames and allowed two runs on three hits, a strikeout and a walk.

Seniors 4, Bennington 3
Bennington enjoyed a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but Nebraska City scored two and walked away victorious on Tuesday.
Brennen Bales got the rally going with a one-out walk. Andrew Harrah followed with a single, Noah Kasbohm tied the game with a double and Jake Kreifel had a walk off single.
Hit leaders were Harrah, 3-for-4 with a double; Kasbohm, 2-for-4 with a double and a triple; Hayden Miller, two doubles; Kreifel, single; and Bales, single.
Jared Nemec kept the game close throughout with a solid pitching performance. He struck out four, walked three and allowed three runs, two earned, on 10 hits.

Seniors 5, Seward 3
Nebraska City carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before visiting Seward struck for three runs and, for a moment, seemed to take control of the game.
Jake Kreifel, the hero from the previous night, sparked a rally with his lead off single in the bottom of the sixth. Hayden Miller and Trent Fahey followed with doubles. Trey Denniston drew a walk. And Sheridan Silvius hit a double that plated the fourth run of the inning and gave Nebraska City a two-run lead it did not relinquish.
Hit leaders for the game were Kreifel, 2-for-2 including a double; Silvius, double; Miller, double; Fahey, double; and Brennen Bales, Andrew Harrah and Jared Nemec, singles.
Austin Betts pitched six innings, struck out four, walked four and allowed three unearned runs on seven hits. Harrah struck out one in one inning and got the save.

Seniors 11, Plattsmouth 1
Nebraska City got eight runs in the fourth through the sixth innings of a dominating victory on Thursday.
Hit leaders were Brennen Bales, 2-for-4 with a double; Hayden Miller, 3-for-4 with a triple; Noah Kasbohm, double; Trey Denniston, single; Sheridan Silvius, single; and Cody Krier, single.
Miller pitched six innings and got the win. He struck out 11, walked five, didn’t surrender a hit, and allowed only one earned run.