WAHOO – The Platte Valley Patriots started the week with a game in Elkhorn on April 8 against Elkhorn Mount Michael.
The Patriots led briefly after getting a run in the top of the first inning, but the Knights were able to score two in the first and four more in the second to take control of the game, leading to a 14-4 win.
Ian Mayer started on the mound and was hit hard in taking the loss, his record falling to 0-2. Caleb Juedes relieved Mayer in fourth and pitched the rest of the way.
Cody Grauerholz finished 2-for-2 at the plate while teammates Hunter Washburn and Caleb Juedes added doubles.
Kyle vonRentzell, Hayden Lewis and Grant Anderson each added one base hit.
The Patriots returned to the diamond on April 9 for a game against Fort Calhoun at Jack Anderson Park in Ashland.
More than five hours later the Patriots were able to come out on top 4-3 in 16 innings.
“Probably one of the craziest games I have been a part of. It was a great win for us, a game that defines us. Our pitchers competed so hard on the mound and filled up the zone. Our defense played very well and that was why the score was so low,” said Platte Valley Coach Shawn Emanuel.
Mayer stole third base and then scored the game-winning run on a throwing error.
The story of the game was the outstanding pitching turned in by Lewis, Brody Maack and Washburn.
The Patriot trio allowed just eight hits and three runs in more than two full games of action and it was Washburn who earned the win after working seven scoreless, hitless innings to close out the game.
Washburn struck out 11 hitters and Patriot pitchers combined to strike out 21 Pioneer hitters.
Washburn has pitched 12 consecutive innings of no-hit baseball.
Carter Washburn led the Patriots with three base hits and Nate Holder drove in a pair of runs.
After a couple of well-deserved days off, Platte Valley returned to the field for a conference tournament game in Wahoo on April 13.
The Patriots found themselves in another extra inning game this time with the Branched Oak Bucks at Sam Crawford Field on Saturday afternoon.
Mayer started and was sparkling over four innings, allowing not hits and striking out four while throwing just 37 pitches.
The Patriot offense scored four runs in the third inning but managed just three more over the final eight innings.
“We then were not able to finish off the very scrappy Branched Oak team. They climbed their way back into the game and eventually took advantage of us not closing the door,” Emanuel added.
Two sixth inning errors cost Mayer a chance at earning the win. He worked eight innings and allowed just four runs and six base hits.
Lewis had a pair of doubles and drove in three. Hunter Washburn added a pair of hits and Anderson and Carter Washburn added base hits.
The back-to-back losses dropped the Patriot record to 4-5 on the season.