JIH shuts down Grand Island

Johnson Imperial Homes baserunner Cameron Edwards slides into home
plate against Grand Island catcher Trey Randall Tuesday at Ryder Park
in Grand Island. Edwards was out on the play.

GRAND ISLAND — Tyler Brakenhoff didn't have much time to get ready.

After sitting on the bench for mostly all of Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes' 6-1 victory over Grand Island Five Points at Ryder Park on Tuesday, he was given the nod to pinch-hit in the last inning.

"It was tough. I was sitting on the bench the whole game and all of a sudden I heard, 'Brakenhoff, grab a bat and start swinging,'" he said. "I took maybe three or four swings and then I was up."

Brakenhoff stepped in to the box and laced a line-drive to left field, bringing home Dawson Eckhardt and Trey Asher to provide more security for Johnson Imperial Homes' starter Cole Spady.

Spady finished his complete game by retiring the Grand Island side in order in the bottom half of the seventh. His last pitch was for a strikeout.

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