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State Tourney: Season Ends as Bennington Beats Pats 4-3

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2014 Platte Valley Patriots Senior Legion huddles under trees after being eliminated at state tournament in Blair
Platte Valley Patriots players huddle with coach Chris Williams after their state tournament exit on Monday afternoon in Blair.

The 2014 Senior Legion season ended short of the ultimate goal on Monday afternoon as the Platte Valley Patriots lost a hard-fought elimination game to Bennington by a final score of 4-3 at the Class B State American Legion tourney in Blair.

The Patriots were close all game, pulling out to a 3-1 lead by the top of the fourth. But the Pats did not score after that, while Bennington added one run each in the bottom halves of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to notch the final score.

Despite the loss, the Patriots are in good shape for next season. Pitching depth will be the question mark as both Jared Novotny and Nate Fisher have exhausted their Legion eligibility, along with Gavin Heusinkvelt. But the team returns a solid core in Luke Breitenfeldt, Bryce Chudomelka, Sam Crisler, Brody Elliot, Cody Feist, Zac Jones, Christian Kazos, Collin Lewis, Brandon O’Hara, Peyton Pearce, Jeb Vavak, Connor Worden and Wyatt Zaugg. The Patriots Legion program, like the school-season co-op, consists of players from Yutan, Mead and Ashland-Greenwood.

NOTE: In only its second year, the Platte Valley Patriots co-op Legion program won its district and played in the state tournament, while moving up to Class B. Yutan won the Class C state Legion championship in 2009. This season marked the first time in nearly 40 years that young men from Ashland competed in the state Legion tournament.

Monday's game stats on iScore.



State Tourney: Crete Beats Patriots 5-3

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The Platte Valley Patriots went up against a strong Crete team in the second round of the state Senior Legion tournament in Blair on Sunday evening, and came out on the short end, 5-3.

The Patriots will face Bennington at 2pm Monday at Veterans' Memorial Field in Blair. Bennington eliminated the tournament host Blair earlier on Sunday.

Sunday's game stats on iScore.



State Tourney: Patriots Open with 5-4 Win Over Albion

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The Platte Valley Patriots defeated a talented Albion squad in the first round of the state Senior Legion baseball tournament at Veterans' Memorial Stadium in Blair on Saturday.

The game was state tourney-worthy, with two good teams hitting the ball and making plays throughout. After yet another solid outing on the mound, Jared Novotny was relieved in the top of the seventh by Luke Breitenfelt, who pitched a scoreless final inning in a deadlocked game. With the game still tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh and with one out, Nate Fisher grounded toward short for what turned out to be a single after he won the race on a close play at first. Connor Worden was next up, and on the second pitch blasted a hard liner to deep center. Fisher hustled around the bags and after the dust cleared at home plate it was a 5-4 Patriot victory.

The Patriots will face Crete in the second round, at 5pm Sunday at Veterans' Memorial Field in Blair. Crete defeated Alliance 4-3 in nine innings in the second game of the tournament Saturday.

Relive Saturday's action and statistics on iScore.



Platte Valley Patriots Win Sr. Legion Area Championship

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2014 Platte Valley Patriots Senior Legion team photo after area championship win in Plattsmouth

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.



Ashland Express Places Second in State Tourney

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2014 Ashland Express 12u

The Ashland Express 12 and Under team took second in the USSA state tournament held June 27-29th in Omaha. The Express competed in the AA Gold Division.

The performance in the state tournament capped a great year for Ashland Express, which finished 27-13 and won two tournaments and finished second in two other tournaments.

In tournament play at state, Ashland Express defeated Ralston 10-2, Norris Titans 10-5, Nebraska Extreme 8-2 and lost in the finals to Omaha Westside 6-5.

The Ashland Express is comprised of the following players: Rece Kissinger, Jake Rice, Brayden Whitehead, Kyle VonRentzell, Trey Comstock, Bryce Kitrell, Justin “JB” Book, Jacob Ludwig, Zach Schmidt, Cole Riecken and Hunter Washburn. The Express is coached by Scott Rice, Brian Whitehead, Shawn Comstock and Tim Washburn.


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