Class B Amateur: Four teams advance to second round

MITCHELL – The Crofton (Neb.) Blue Jays and Plankinton F&M Bankers advanced to the second round of the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament Thursday at Caldwell Park in Mitchell. Crofton defeated the Harrisburg Woodies 5-1 and Plakinton defeated the Salem Cubs 6-5.

The Tabor Bluebirds and Alexandria Angels also advanced to the second round Thursday night. The Bluebirds defeated the Kimball White Lake Nationals 6-5 in 13 innings and The Angels defeated the Lake Norden Lakers 11-1 in seven innings.

 Crofton (NE) 5, Harrisburg 1

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and didn’t look back.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Jared Wielbelhaus hit a single that scored Austin Hegge and Corey Roach.

Crofton added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Tyler Zimmerman reached on an error and Scot Donner scored. Nick Hegge then scored from third when the catcher tried to throw Zimmerman out at second. The Blue Jays then took a 4-0 lead after three innings.

The Blue Jays added on more run in the fourth after an RBI triple from Donner. Harrisburg finally got on the board in the top of the sixth after JT Miller scored on double play to make it 5-1.

Neither team scored the rest of the way. Harrisburg out-hit Crofton 7-4, but were unable to get hits with runners in scoring position and had three errors in the field.

Donner pitched a complete game for the Blue Jays. The lone run he gave up was unearned and he gave up seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Wiebelhaus went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Donner went 1-for-3 with an RBI.


Harrisburg 000  001  000 – 1 7 3

Crofton      202  100  00x – 5 4 1

Scot Donner; Dalton Allen and Tanner Brown. W – Donner. L – Allen. 3B: C, Scot Donner.

 Plankinton 6, Salem 5

Salem was unable to complete the comeback as they scored two runs in the top of the ninth, but they were unable to get a third to tie it up.

Plankinton scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Loes scored on an error by the shortstop and Travis Gant hit an RBI single to make it 2-0 after the first inning.

Salem responded with three runs in the top of the second. Jake Cheeseman scored on a groundout. Then with two outs, Isaac Anderson and Tyler Cleveland both hit RBI singles.

Plankinton was able to tie the game in the bottom of the third on a two-out single from Orric Earl that scored Trevor Salmonson. 

Plankinton then regained the lead in the fourth inning. Chris Hill hit a one-out triple and he was hit home on Alex Loes single to make it 4-3.

They would then extend their lead in the seventh inning when Hill and Loes hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 6-3 after seven innings.

Neither team scored in the eighth and Salem was down to their last at-bats in the ninth. Jon Forster and Landon Neugebauer led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Forster scored on error by the second baseman and Neugebauer scored on a ground out to make it 6-5. Kyle Tuschen then came to the plate with two outs and a runner on third. He grounded out to third to end the game and Salem’s season.

Josh Engquist started the game for Plankinton and picked up the win. He pitched eight innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on 11 hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Tyler Earls picked up the loss for Salem. He pitched seven innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on 14 hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

Loes went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Plankinton. Earl went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Hill went 3-for-4 with an RBI.


Salem         030  000  002 – 5 11 1

Plankinton 201  100  20x – 6 15 2

Josh Engquist and Travis Gant; Tyelr Earls and Drew Eldeen. W – Engquist. L – Earls. Sv – Gant.

2B: P, Trevor Salmonson and Trevor Boyd. S, Brian Duxbury. 3B: P, Chris Hill.

 Tabor 6, Kimball/White Lake 5 (13 inn.)

The Bluebirds were able to score two runs in the 13th inning and walked-off with first round victory.

Tabor scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning. The bases were loaded with nobody out when Zach Sutera scored on a sacrifice fly from Cam Guevara. Joey Salma then scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Neither team scored in the second or third inning and the Nationals scored four runs in the top of the fourth. Joe Hieb hit a RBI single with one out. Trent Wookey hit a two-RBI single and Wesley Kroupa hit an RBI single to make it 4-2.

Niether team scored until the Bluebirds were able to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. With no outs, Sam Cava hit an RBI single and Chris Suetera scored on a double play.

Each team did not have much of a chance in the ninth inning, so the game went to extra innings. 

Tabor had the bases loaded with two outs in the 11th. Colin Muth struck out swinging though to end the inning. 

In the top of the 13th, Wesley Kroupa hit a two-out RBI single to give the Nationals the lead. They then had runners on first and third, but Brian Zeman popped out in foul territory.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Bryce Scieszinski was hit by a pitch and Zach Sutera walked. Hunter Hallock then reached on an error to load the bases up. Scieszinksi then scored on a wild pitch and Muth hit a sacrifice fly to send Zach Sutera home and win the game.

Muth picked up the win for the Bluebirds. He gave up one unearned run on two hits and had one walk and no strikeouts. Zak Wallner pitched a complete game for the Nationals. He gave up six runs, four earned, on six hits with 12 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Sam Caba went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Muth went 1-for-5 with an RBI for the Bluebirds.


Kimball 000  400  000  000  1 – 5 11 2

Tabor      200  000  020  000  2 – 6 6 4

Bryce Scieszinski, Austin Wise (7) and Colin Muth; Zak Wallner. W – Muth. L – Wallner. 2B: T, Hunter Hallock.

 Alexandria 11, Lake Norden 1 (7 inn.)

The Angels won in seven innings due to the 10-run rule.

Alexandria scored eight runs in the first three innings, highlighted by four RBI singles, a RBI double and a RBI triple. 

Lake Norden scored their first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning on a Asa Stiles RBI single.

The Angels scored a run a piece in the fifth and sixth innings. They then won the game when Cole Wenande scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. 

Ethan Davis pitched a complete game for Alexandria. He gave up one unearned run on three hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks. Nathan Wicks picked up the loss for the Lakers. He pitched one inning and gave up four runs on six hits with no strikeouts or walks.

John Greicar went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Jordan Gau went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Alexandria.


Lake Norden 000  010  0 –   1   3 6

Alexandria    431  011  1 – 11 14 1

Ethan Davis; Nathan Wicks, Nate Harrington (2) and Kale Stevenson. W – Davis. L – Wicks. 2B: A, Cole Wenande and Jordan Gau. LN, Jesse VanOverbeke. 3B: Cole Wenande and Jordan Gau. 


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