The Broken Bow American Legion juniors baseball team is headed to state! The Bow juniors claimed the Class B Area 6 American Legion juniors tournament title Tuesday with an 8-0 victory over Gothenburg in the championship game. Broken Bow jumped on the board in their first at bat thanks to a two out, two RBI single from Brice Chaplin. Chaplin would finish the game 2 for 3 with a run scored and 3 runs batted in. Broken Bow would add three runs in the third and two more in the 4th to take a 7-0 lead into the fifth. In the fifth, Austin Harvey delivered a 1 out single for his second hit of the game and was able to use aggressive base running to make his way over to third. Harvey came in to score the winning run on a sacrifice fly hit by Hagan Campbell as the game ended in the fifth inning due to the 8 run rule. Gothenburg had their chances to put some pressure on Broken Bow but left seven runners on base.
Max Denson was the winning pitcher going four scoreless innings. Denson was able to pitch around trouble including a bases loaded jam with one out in the fourth inning. Denson would give up just four hits and strike out five. Austin Harvey pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Broken Bow put together amazing offensive numbers during the tournament. The Bow juniors outscored their four opponents in the tournament by a combined score of 61-12. Broken Bow finished with 48 hits in the tournament and ended every game in the fifth inning by the 8 run rule.
The Bow juniors are 24-0 on the season and will now travel to Waverly this weekend to compete in the Class B American Legion Juniors baseball tournament. The state matchups have yet to be set as several area tournaments will not conclude until Wednesday. The eight team tournament will be double elimination with games scheduled to begin on Saturday July 17th.
All Broken Bow games from the state tournament will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and on kbbn.com