FPB starts state 1-1

Five Points Banks' Alex Mendoza pitches during their game.

OMAHA — In the Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team’s first game of the Class A state tournament on Saturday, the offense exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning, leading to a 10-3 victory over Fairway Asset Mustangs (Millard North).

On Sunday, FPB’s offense just could not get the timely hit it needed.

Associated Fire (Papillion-LaVista South) avenged a regular season loss by handing Hastings an 8-1 defeat in Sunday’s second round game of the state tournament in the American Division at Brown Park in Omaha.

“I think we were ready to play. The guys came out excited and prepared the way we needed to. We just made a couple mistakes early that dug us in a hole,” said assistant coach Ben Reimer. “This was a very good baseball team we played (Sunday), and they did not make very many mistakes to let us back in.”

Papillion-L aVista South starting pitcher Jacob Burrus was responsible for causing the Hastings bats to go silent in Sunday’s loss. Burrus threw six innings, allowing just four hits and striking out eight.

“(Burrus) is just gaining and growing confidence,” said Papillion-La Vista South head coach Bill Lynam. “The last three or four games, he’s been lights out just like this. We had confidence in him to come out and throw and do a really good job at pitching, and he did that.”

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