Nebraska City posted an upset win against rated and Class A Bellevue West on Monday and then nearly pulled off an upset of the No. 2 seed of the Eastern Midlands Conference tournament at Elkhorn South on Tuesday.
An eighth inning run gave the Pioneer team a 7-6 win over at Bellevue West.
The Pioneers had a one-run lead through four complete innings against the Storm on Tuesday, but gave up a three-run inning in the fifth that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 final score.
Coach Tom Bales said there were positive take-aways from both contests.
“We played our best baseball against Bellevue West,” Bales said. “We kept pressure on them and responded well when they took the lead.
“We hit the ball extremely well and came through with runners in scoring position,” Bales said. “Jared (Nemec) threw the first five innings and kept them off balance and then Hayden (Miller) came in and threw the last three to get the win.”
“Against South, we jumped on top in the first with a leadoff double by Brennen (Bales) and a double by Garrett Bassinger.  Jace Becker knocked in the second run with a base hit.
“We had numerous scoring chances by could get the big hit like we have in the last couple of games,” said Bales. “We had one bad inning and it cost us the game, but we played hard and never gave up, so I’m proud of the effort.”
Offensive leaders for the Pioneers in the win over Bellevue West were Garrett Bassinger, Andrew Harrah and Trenton Fahey, two hits including a double; Brennen Bales, two singles; Jared Nemec, two singles; Jace Becker, Hayden Miller and Tyler Levy, one single.
Nemec started on the mound. He pitched two strikeouts, walked four and allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits.
Miller pitched three frames of relief, struck out three, walked one and allowed one hit.
Offensive leaders for Nebraska City in the loss to Elkhorn South, Bales and Bassinger, each with two hits including a double; and Becker, Andrew Harrah and Jake Kreifel, singles.
Bassinger pitched five innings, struck out eight, walked four and allowed four earned runs on five hits.
Harrah pitched an inning and allowed a hit and two walks.