Patriot Baseball

BACK TO FIRST SAFELY: Platte Valley junior Kyle vonRentzell slides back to first safely during the Patriots home game against the Plattsmouth Blue Devils on April 25.  Platte Valley won three straight games to even their record at 7-7.  (Staff Photo by Suzi Nelson)

ASHLAND – The Platte Valley baseball team notched three wins last week on the diamond and improved to 7-7 on the season.

The Patriots started the week with a 4-2 win at Jack Anderson Field in Ashland on April 22.

The Patriots broke a scoreless tie by scoring two in the third and added two more in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead.

The Bulldogs came back to score twice in the sixth and put runners on second and third with no outs in the seventh, but could not score.

Brayden Whitehead worked five solid innings to earn his first victory of the season.

Hayden Hanna relieved Whitehead in the sixth and struggled early before closing out the game with two strikeouts and a ground out in the seventh to preserve the victory.

Hunter Tucker led the Patriots at the plate with a single and a two-run triple.

Hunter Washburn had a double, and Whitehead, Hanna, Ian Mayer, and Connor Chase each had singles for the Patriots.

The Patriots returned to the diamond the next day and recorded a 15-11 win over the Arlington Eagles in Arlington.

Platte Valley trailed 11-7 going into the sixth inning, but rallied for three in the sixth and five more in the eighth to pull out the improbable win.

“Overall, it was a fun game to be a part of. Glad we were able to come out on the winning end and it was great to see the boys display grit as they fell down numerous times and refused to stay down,” said Platte Valley Coach Shawn Emanuel.

Grant Anderson had a huge day at the plate for PV, finishing with two home runs, a double and drove in six runs.

Tucker added a triple and Hunter Washburn added a single and a double.

Hayden Lewis worked the final three innings to earn his third win of the year.

Platte Valley remained at home on April 25 to play host to the Plattsmouth Blue Devils.

The Patriots broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning, on their way to posting the 10-3 win.

Mayer started and earned his first win of the season on the mound.

Chase also worked two scoreless innings.

Hunter Washburn finished 2-for-3 with a triple.

Hanna, Lewis and Whitehead each added doubles.

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