Home Federal couldn’t come up with the hit it needed in the first game of the day against Pinnacle Bank (Papillion) Saturday in the Home Federal/Kearney Tournament at Ryder Park.
Pinnacle Bank didn’t have that problem.
Pinnacle Bank pounded out 15 hits against Home Federal pitching and pulled away late for a 10-3 victory. Pinnacle Bank had 10 extra-base hits for the game, including two home runs.
“We had our chances to maybe take command of the game, but overall I’m pretty happy with the performance,” Home Federal coach Jake Ritzdorf said. “The score at the end doesn’t really indicate how close the game was throughout.”
Home Federal’s Rans Sanders and Pinnacle Bank’s Gage Ingram engaged in a pitching dual for the first three innings. Pinnacle Bank catcher Hunter Scruggs got things started in the fourth inning with a home run down the left field line that just did stay fair.
Home Federal, which left 12 runners on base for the game, had the bases loaded in both the third and fourth innings but managed just one run on an RBI single by Ace McKinnis in the fourth.
Home Federal had nine hits in the game, but a couple of timely hits in those innings might have changed the game.
“You can’t argue with nine hits, but we still have to keep working on that timely approach and being the guy when we got a chance to pick up those RBIs,” Ritzdorf said.
Pinnacle Bank got to Sanders in the fifth inning for four runs. Three doubles in the inning helped the cause.
Ritzdorf said he’s not concerned that Sanders got hit hard in the fifth inning.
“He’s been battling a sprained toe injury, but he’s been nails for us all season,” Ritzdorf said. “That fifth inning, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. He’s a great competitor.”
Brenden Mendez took over on the mound for Home Federal in the sixth and made quick work of Pinnacle Bank by forcing three popups.
Home Federal responded in the bottom of the inning. Jay Gustafson and Carson Cahoy reached on singles and both runners scored on a double by Noah Halsey.
But the seventh inning was a different story. Pinnacle Bank came up with four extra-base hits, including a homer by Allan Boldsberry to put five more runs on the board.
“I’m proud of our guys. After we gave up four there in the fifth we were able to bounce back and make it a 5-3 game,” Ritzdorf said. “Papio’s bats just caught fire and there was no stopping them after that.
“The wind didn’t help matters, but they’re a good team. They’re tough one through nine. They put the ball in play and do things right.”
Home Federal dropped a 7-5 decision to Millard West later on Saturday. Millard West scored three runs in the third and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Home Federal got two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Javier Cruz and a fielder’s choice ground ball by Sanders.
Cahoy, Ryan Melvin and Cruz had two hits apiece for Home Federal.
“We left a lot of guys on base again,” Ritzdorf said. “One or two hits in certain spots would have put us in a better position. But this is a fun group and this is a tough tournament we schedule at this time of the year to see if we’re where we want to be.”
Home Federal will face Millard South in its final game of the tournament at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Ryder Park.
Pinnacle Bank (18-9) 000 140 5 — 10 15 3
Home Federal (13-15) 000 102 0 — 3 9 0
WP — Ingram. LP — Sanders. 2B — PB: Boldsberry, Harris, C. Barnett, Ripa (2). HF: Friesen, Halsey. 3B — PB: Boldsberry. HR — PB: Scruggs, N. Barnett. S — Anderson.
Millard West 103 111 0—7 8 0
Home Federal (13-16) 110 021 0—5 8 2
WP — Weakland. LP — Halsey. 2B — MW: Standish. S — Meier.