The Platte Valley Patriots Senior team won the American Legion area championship on Tuesday night behind a strong pitching performance from Zac Jones and several innings of solid relief from Jared Novotny, defeating the host Plattsmouth Blue Devils by a final score of 3-1.
The Patriots once again relied on crisp defense to keep the competition at bay. Solid glove work in the infield and outfield contributed to the Patriots allowing just one run on a smattering of five Plattsmouth hits.
Throughout the tournament, opposing pitching and defense were stout, but the Patriots put up just enough offense to counter. Results of other tournament games in which the Patriots played, in order: 2-1 over Plattsmouth (Novotny one-hitter and Worden HR); loss to Concordia (Omaha) by score of 6-1; 3-1 over Wahoo (Feist scored all three runs); 2-1 over Concordia (Novotny complete game, seven strikeouts).
The season will be capped off, win or lose, in the state tournament in Blair next weekend. The Patriots play Albion in the opening game at 11am Saturday, July 25. Download your own copy of the brackets.
The Patriots roster consists of: Luke Breitenfeldt, Bryce Chudomelka, Sam Crisler, Brody Elliot, Cody Feist, Nate Fisher, Gavin Heusinkvelt, Zac Jones, Christian Kazos, Collin Lewis, Jared Novotny, Brandon O’Hara, Peyton Pearce, Jeb Vavak, Connor Worden and Wyatt Zaugg.
The Platte Valley Patriots are led by Head Coach Chris Williams and assistants Dillon Campbell and Kole Liermann.