AUBURN - What's in the water in Nebraska City? Whatever it is, the Nebraska City Post 8 Juniors should drink up as it advanced to the B-1 Area Tournament final Sunday night with an impressive drubbing of top-seeded Auburn Post 23, 21-4 at Tushla Field. 

It was the third straight upset win for Nebraska City in the tournament and perhaps the most impressive one, yet. 

The game was essentially over after the first four batters of the game, with Nebraska City scoring two quick runs. Jackson Kreifel led off the game with a triple, hammering the first toss from Auburn starter Travon Shaw to the wall in center. After a pop out, Colton Snyder delivered an RBI double. 

Snyder was then driven in on a single from Keston Holman and from there Nebraska City was off to the races. 

Nebraska City (5-12-1) added three runs in the second and five in the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead, stunning the Auburn home crowd. Shaw lasted just 1 1/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits. 

Auburn (23-3) managed a run in the fourth after a couple of throwing errors allowed Eli Albury to race home from third after reaching on an error. 

With the lead at 10-1 in the fifth, Nebraska City sent 17 batters to the plate en route to scoring 11 runs to make it a 21-1 game. The big swing came from first basemen Ben Chaney, as he sent a 3-run home run over the wall in left-center field. Chaney went 3-5 with 5 RBIs. 

Five hitters for Nebraska City collected two hits or more including Tristan Kingery who added a 3-5 night after going 4-4 Saturday. Kreifel went 2-2 and reached base five times. Jesus Martinez and Holman each added 3 RBIs in an all-around effort.

On the mound, Trevor Tesarek was lights out for Nebraska City, going the distance to earn the complete game shutout win. Tesarek got out of a bases loaded jam in the second, pitching around two errors with three strikeouts to keep Auburn off the board. It was a deflating blow for Auburn which trailed only 5-0 at the time with one out.

Tesarek struck out eight on the night and allowed four unearned runs, three of which came in the bottom of the fifth with the game out of reach.

With the win, Nebraska City is in Tuesday's championship game at 5:30 p.m., earning a day off on Monday, which is huge as it allows all pitchers a free day of rest. Being 3-0 in the tournament, Nebraska City will have to be beaten twice to be denied the title. 

Auburn faces Hickman Monday at 5:30 in an elimination game with the winner moving on to meet Nebraska City in the final.

Box Score:

Nebraska City: 2, 3, 5, 0, 11...21, 14, 8

Auburn: 0, 0, 0, 1, 3...4, 5, 3

WP: Tesarek

LP: Shaw

 

Other Games:

B-1 at Auburn

No. 2 Hickman 6, No. 3 Beatrice 3

-Beatrice is eliminated

-Hickman and Auburn play Monday in an elimination game

B-2 at Plattsmouth

No. 4 Springfield 3, No. 6 Fort Calhoun 1

-Fort Calhoun eliminated

No. 1 Plattsmouth 13, No. 2 Waverly 9

-Plattsmouth advances to championship game

-Springfield and Waverly play Monday in an elimination game

C-2 at Scribner

No. 1 Pender 10, No. 5 Louisville-Weeping Water 6

-Pender advances to championship game

-Battle Creek and Louisville-Weeping Water play Monday in an elimination game

C-3 at Malcolm

No. 3 Elmwood-Murdock-Nehawka defeated No. 6 Bennet-Palmyra

-Bennet-Palmyra is eliminated

No. 1 Malcolm 4, No. 2 Syracuse 3

-Malcolm advances to championship game

-Syracuse and EMN play Monday in an elimination game