MNB Seniors top Gothenburg in Area 6 Legion tourney
MINDEN, Neb. -- The McCook National Bank Seniors capitalized on a strong all-around game to successfully open the 2012 Class B Area 6 Legion baseball tournament.
The MNB Seniors romped past Gothenburg, 14-0, in first-round action Friday, July 20, at Ollie Bjorkland Field in Minden.
Clint Beguin pitched a no-hitter and went the distance for McCook, and the Seniors defense was solid in helping to blank Gothenburg. McCook led 8-0 after six innings, then the Seniors added six more runs in the top half of the seventh.
McCook entered the state-qualifying tournament as the second seed. The MNB Seniors, 16-13, advance to a winner's bracket semifinal contest Saturday, July 21, against third-seed Holdrege starting at 7:30 p.m. Holdrege topped the tournament host Kearney County-Minden squad, 15-6, in another first-round game Friday night.
In Friday's other first round game in the double-elimination tournament, Shelton-Gibbon, seeded fourth, outscored fifth seed Cozad, 22-12 in six innings. Shelton-Gibbon will meet top seed Broken Bow in Saturday's other winner's bracket semifinal set to begin at 5 p.m.
Gothenburg and Minden will play Saturday at 2:30 in a first-round elimination bracket, with the loser seeing its season come to a close.
McCOOK FACES a key game Saturday against Holdrege, a team that the Seniors have beaten twice this season, including a 10-run win at Holdrege and a one-run squeaker in McCook. McCook head coach Mike Jonasen labeled Saturday's game as huge for his team, as the winner has Sunday off and would meet the Broken Bow/Shelton-Gibbon winner Monday, July 23, for a berth in the Area 6 championship finals next Wednesday, July 25.
If McCook loses Saturday, the Seniors would have to win three games in three straight days to reach the championship finals.
NEBRASKA AMERICAN LEGION CLASS B
AREA 6 SENIORS BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Friday-Wednesday, July 20-25, at Ollie Bjorkland Field, Minden
(Team's tournament seed in parenthesis)
Friday, July 20 First Round Results
Game 1 -- Shelton-Gibbon 22, Cozad 12 (6 innings)
Game 2 -- McCook 14, Gothenburg 0
Game 3 -- Holdrege 15, Kearney County-Minden 6
Saturday, July 21 Games
Elimination Bracket First Round
Game 4 -- Gothenburg (7) vs. Kearney County-Minden (6), 2:30 p.m.
Winner's Bracket Semifinals
Game 5 -- Broken Bow (1) vs. Shelton-Gibbon (4), 5 p.m.
Game 6 -- McCook (2) vs. Holdrege (3), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 Games
Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals
Game 7 -- Broken Bow/Shelton-Gibbon loser vs. Gothenburg/Kearney County-Minden winner, 5 p.m.
Game 8 -- Cozad (5) vs. McCook/Holdrege loser, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 23 Games
Loser's Bracket Semifinals
Game 9 -- Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 5 p.m.
Winner's Bracket Finals (winner to championship game)
Game 10 -- Broken Bow/Shelton-Gibbon winner vs. McCook/Holdrege winner, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24 Game
Elimination Bracket Finals (winner to championship game)
Game 11 -- Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 Games
Game 12 -- Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 5 p.m.
Championship Finals II (if necessary)
Game 13 -- Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser (if Game 12 loser's first loss), immediately following Game 12
Area 6 champion advances to Class B Seniors state tournament at Wahoo July 28-Aug. 1