Down 4-2 in the top half of the seventh inning, the Nebraska City Post 8 Seniors had two runners on base when Garrett Bassinger lifted the ball over the center field fence for a three-run HR, as NC defeated Syracuse 5-4 on Friday, June 29, at Auburn.

Nebraska City got off to a shaky start in the first inning when Christian Frederick hit a two RBI triple to right field.  Frederick would later score on a sacrifice RBI to give Syracuse a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Izaak Prater hit a RBI double that gave Syracuse a 4-0 advantage.

Heading into the top half of the seventh inning, Nebraska City got hot.

With one out, Ethan Seyler got the rally started by sending a base hit to right field.  Tyler Levy was next at the plate and drove a deep fly ball to right center field for a double.  Dylan Knoell connected on a solid double that drove in two runs.  Clay Stovall was patient at the plate and drew a walk.  Bassinger came to the plate, and with the count 1-1, Bassinger drove the next pitch over the center field fence for a three-run HR and NC took a 5-4 lead.

Jace Becker came in for relief efforts, and with two outs, Syracuse hit the ball towards the pitchers mound and Becker threw the runner out, and Nebraska City got the come from behind victory.

Coach James Widoe said Seyler’s single helped jump start the seventh inning rally and felt that if NC could get to the top of the line up that they would be in good shape.

“We didn’t have much energy early on, but we really found it later so I was really pleased with that,” Widoe said.

Nebraska City are the defending SENBC champions, and heading into Sunday for the championship game Widoe said he wants to keep the trophy in NC.  “Our kids are going to show up and will be ready to fight,” said Widoe.

Hitting: Becker, single double; Trent Fahey, two singles; Bassinger, HR;  Knoell, double; Tyler Levy double; Alex Breazile and Seyler, each with singles.

RBI: Bassinger, three; Knoell, two.

Runs scored: Tyler Levy, Stovall, Knoell, Seyler, and Bassinger, one score each.

Knoell earned the win on the mound for NC.  Knoell surrendered four runs, on six hits, and struck out nine, in six innings of work.

Becker picked up the save in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Nebraska City are now 11-9 on the season and will play in the SENBC championship game on Sunday, July 1, at Plattsmouth, beginning at 6 pm.

Box score:
PSTN: 5 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
SYRC: 4 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors