Congratulations to Head Coach Pat Mooney, his staff and the players on the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team on their great 42-17 season that ended near the completion of state tournament divisional play in Columbus on Wednesday, August 1.
The team started the tournament on Saturday, July 28 against Grand Island Home Federal, winning 4-2 and helped by a strong pitching performance from Noah Peyton as well as stout defensive play. On Sunday, July 29, the squad was edged 4-3 by Lincoln SW Pinnacle Bank despite a two-run home run from Owen Richter and another fine pitching performance, this time from Spencer Jonas.
They rebounded the following day in an 8-3 win over Kearney Runza, led by pitcher Max Mandel and timely hitting from the offense, and found success again on Tuesday, July 31 in a 7-2 victory over Burke Black C&H Construction that was highlighted by a two-out rally in the 4th inning and excellent command by pitcher Zach Firmature. From there, the team advanced to a Wednesday, August 1 matchup with the Millard South '52's Patriots, falling 3-2 to end their state tournament run.