Runza can't complete comeback for league title

Runza shortstop Cody Smith jumps over Broken Bow's Tommy
McCormick as he throws to first base while trying for a
double play in the fourth inning of the Nebraska Junior
Conference Championship Sunday night at Duncan Field in

Broken Bow used two big innings and held off a late rally by Hastings Runza to capture the Nebraska Junior Conference Championship with a 13-9 win Sunday. 

Broken Bow scored five runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to take control of the game and the scoreboard. Taylor Shea had a two-RBI triple, highlighting the fourth inning in which Broken Bow scored five runs on five hits to take a 7-1 lead through four and a half innings. 

Runza countered back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to keep pace. Zane Bender and Denton Stark each had RBIs to get Runza within 7-4 of the lead. 

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Broken Bow had the bases loaded with Hunter Minnick at the plate. Minnick hit an RBI-single, and that prompted four straight RBI singles for the away team as they took a dominating 12-4 lead. 

"We didn't play well, as you could see," Runza Head Coach John LaMaster said.

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