Baseball roundup: Plattsmouth off to a good start with move to Class C
NEBRASKA CITY - Baseball season is in full swing as the second full week of action was completed Friday night for teams across River Country.
This year looks different with the addition of Class C compared to just Classes A and B in previous seasons. Several teams made the drop down to Class C this year and are seeing the benefits of a more level playing field.
One of those schools is Plattsmouth. The Blue Devils are currently 5-2 with their only losses coming against Class B competition including No. 1 Omaha Gross. This week, Plattsmouth handled its business with its closest game being a four-run victory over Mount Michael on Monday.
Over the final three games of the week the Blue Devils outscored their opponents by a score of 50-5. Friday night against Falls City, Plattsmouth scored 11 runs in the opening frame in a 19-3 win.
Wichita State commit Drew Iverson went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two triples while knocking in six RBIs. The Blue Devils defeated Auburn 17-0 the game before and received masterful pitching from junior Gabe Villamonte who scattered two hits with eight strikeouts across five innings.
Plattsmouth had 20 hits in the game with three players having three or more.
The Blue Devils were still competitive in Class B last season reaching 10 wins but with the move down to Class C they have a real shot of making some noise when districts roll around in May.
This week Plattsmouth will play Arlington (3-3) on Monday and travel to South Sioux City (0-5) Tuesday before a big test against Beatrice (5-1) on the road Thursday.
Here is a look at how other teams fared across River Country this week.
Nebraska City (2-6)
The Pioneers went 1-2 this week with the lone win coming against rival Auburn. The losses have come in disappointing fashion 13-2 against Wahoo and 14-2 on the road at Class C No. 1 Malcolm.
In the loss to Wahoo, Nebraska City was outhit 18-5 and committed five errors defensively. It was a 1-0 game until the Warriors struck for eight runs in the fourth inning.
In an extremely windy game Thursday against Malcolm, the Clippers hit four home runs including two from senior Derek Erickson. Malcolm outhit the Pioneers 12-2. Tristan Kingery launched a solo homer for the Nebraska City in a tough game offensively.
Nebraska City will need to find some offense and more consistent pitching as the season continues. The Pioneers have played a brutal schedule so far and have more tough opponents coming up next week.
The Pioneers will host Seward and Omaha Skutt before traveling to Waverly to face last year's Class B runner-up.
The Bulldogs started the season 2-0 but have since dropped their last four to solid competition. Auburn went 0-3 this week with losses to Nebraska City (9-2), Plattsmouth (17-0) and Platte Valley (12-6).
Pitching has been an issue with Auburn during the four-game losing skid especially when it comes to free passes. During the losing streak, Auburn pitching has walked 15 batters while hitting another nine. The free passes have allowed opponents to separate themselves in close games so if the Bulldogs can clean up the mistakes on the mound, they have a shot to start piling up some wins.
Next week the Bulldogs will travel to face Raymond Central on Monday before hosting Falls City at Tushla field on Tuesday.
Falls City (2-4)
The Tigers went 2-1 this week winning two straight after an 0-3 start to the season before losing decisively to Plattsmouth.
Falls City beat first-year program Louisville 5-2 in eight innings to begin the week scoring three runs in the top of the eighth to win. Jaxyn Strauss went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. The Tigers then played another extra-inning game on road at Holton, Kan. Falls City trailed 8-6 after relinquishing an early 6-1 lead.
Tied at 11, the Tigers managed to score eight in the top of the eighth to hold on for a 21-13 win in one of the wilder games this year. Falls City scored 21 runs on just nine hits thanks to 7 Holton errors, 12 walks and two hit batsmen.
Falls City has two road games this week at Auburn and Fairbury.