This season has been quite the journey for Five Points Bank. The senior American Legion baseball team won 35 games, captured its first area championship in 27 years, qualified for the state tournament, and was the host team for the Mid-South Regional tournament.

With a 4-0 lead and no sign of offense from its opponent, the Bryant White Sox pulled starting pitcher William Grant with hopes of saving his pitch count for later in the Mid-South Regional tournament.

The Fremont bench was ready to explode. Players were perched on the railing, waiting for the moment where they could rush the field.

After the postgame talk, Festus starting pitcher Brendan Smock was draped with chains and an old-time war helmet. It was fitting because in a game that became a battle of the pitchers, Smock was victorious.

In Wednesday’s first-round loss in the Mid-South Regional tournament, Hastings Five Points Bank stranded 12 baserunners in a 3-2 loss. And after stranding the bases loaded in the second during Thursday’s elimination game, it started to feel like deja vu.

The offense Festus Post 253 has provided its pitching staff in the latter half of the season isn’t what head coach Zac Bone knows his team is capable of.

Fremont First State Bank has made quite a run in the postseason. And the strength behind the Nebraska state champion has been the arm of Brody Sintek.

Coming into the Mid-South Regional tournament, Hastings Five Points Bank felt like an underdog. The Chiefs got the host bid, and they didn’t necessarily earn their way into the regional, which made them feel like they had something to prove.

There aren’t many teams that have a journey to the Mid-South Regional as unique as the Texarkana Bulldogs (32-8-1). The Texas state champion had a successful season, but the Bulldogs watched their postseason run come to an end during the state tournament only to have the season resurrected i…

Beginning Wednesday, historic Duncan Field will be host to eight baseball teams from six states competing for the chance to play in the American Legion World Series, as Hastings will be the site of the Mid-South Regional tournament.

This week seven teams from the Midwest will make the trek to Hastings for the Mid-South American Legion Regional baseball tournament. It is the first time since 1976 that Hastings was selected as a host site for the tournament.

Just because Tuesday’s loss officially eliminated the Hastings Sodbusters from the playoff race, it doesn’t mean the season is over.

SOUTH SIOUX CITY — The 20th season of the Great Plains Athletic Conference kicked off Tuesday in South Sioux City at the GPAC Media Day. And with that came the preseason football polls for the conference.

OMAHA — Coming off of a heart-wrenching extra-inning loss to Fremont First State Sunday evening, Five Points Bank head coach Kevin Asher wasn’t sure where his group’s heads were at.

OMAHA — Fans from both sides of Sunday’s second round state tournament game constantly raised the intensity of the atmosphere as each inning passed at Creighton Prep, as Hastings Five Points Bank and Fremont First State Bank were locked in perhaps the best game of the tourney.

Too many times Johnson Imperial Homes teams have been in the position where they needed to win just one of two games to reach the state tournament, only to see their opponent celebrating at the end of both games.

GERING — To conclude their final road trip of the summer, the Hastings Sodbusters dropped a pair of games against the number one team in the Expedition League, the Western Nebraska Pioneers, Tuesday.

Johnson Imperial Homes left too many men on base Sunday in its 3-1 loss to Kearney in the Class A, Area 7 juniors tournament to win, head coach Blake Marquardt noted after the game. And for the first four innings at Duncan Field Monday, the Braves looked destined for the same result.

NORTH PLATTE — The Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team started the Class A, Area 7 tournament with a 9-4 win on Saturday before rain postponed Sunday’s action to Monday.

The Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team got off to a hot start in the Class A, Area 7 tournament on Friday. Patience at the plate and timely hits jolted the Hastings offense, while Pierce McVicker and Trevor Sullivan shut down the opponent from the mound.

The box score of Tuesday’s Johnson Imperial Homes game may look a little more like one from an all-star event than a typical seven-inning contest. The Braves sent six hurlers to the mound, each tossing about an inning’s worth of work.

On Saturday, the Hastings Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team struggled early in a 10-5 loss to Gretna during Hastings’ Johnny Hopp tournament.

The Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team experience two very different styles of walk-off wins on Wednesday night. In the nightcap, it was Beau Dreher delivering the game-winning hit to seal an 8-0 victory over Lincoln Southeast in five innings, due to the run-rule. Bu…

Duncan Field played host to the Cornhusker League All-Star Game on Tuesday, featuring some of the best players in the state. The American All-Stars blew the game open in the third inning with a six-run frame and their pitching held the National All-Stars in check en route to a 13-4 victory.

There were more fireworks outside of Duncan Field’s brick walls than inside them this July 4th.

Seven years ago, Sara Knaub — then Sara Wissing — won the women’s division of the Five Points Bank Open with a score of 144. That was her second consecutive championship in the event, and the score still to this day marks the lowest the tournament has seen in the Ladies Flight. That year als…

Coming off of a tough extra inning loss at Kearney, the Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team took out any leftover frustration on Lincoln North Star Friday.

There will be a new first-place finisher in the Championship Flight of this year’s Hastings Open, which was renamed from the Tribland Open after the tournament expanded the eligibility area from which golfers can compete.

Hastings Five Points Bank had 13 hits, all singles, in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader with Norfolk. The Chiefs won 8-0.

KEARNEY — The Hastings Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team earned a big road win on Wednesday, defeating Kearney 12-3. The Chiefs scored in six of the seven innings, including scoring three runs in the final three frames.

Many times, tough opponents or big games will make a coach sleep deprived. But for Johnson Imperial Homes head coach Blake Marquardt, it wasn’t Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader that kept him awake, it was his newborn.


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