The Broken Bow American Legion seniors baseball team picked up its 17th win of the season shutting out Minden 8-0 in five innings to advance to the Class B Area 6 tournament championship on Tuesday. Max Denson threw a no hitter throwing 79 total pitches to pick up the win. Denson got off to a rocky start in the first inning hitting two batters and walking one to set up a bases loaded situation with one out. Denson then got Brennan Runge to pop out and Austin Lutkemeier to ground out to get out of the jam as Minden left the bases loaded. Denson was basically untouchable after that. Denson would face only thirteen batters total in innings two through five and the lone base runner Minden had in those innings was a result of an error. Eli Coble set the tone for the offense in the lead off spot finishing 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and one RBI. With the win, Broken Bow advances to the championship round of the tournament which will be played Tuesday in Gothenburg.
Minden will play Gothenburg on Monday for the right to play Broken Bow for the championship. Gothenburg stayed alive in the tournament on Sunday by edging Holdrege 4-2. Broken Bow is the only remaining unbeaten team in the double elimination tournament and needs just one more win to claim the title. The Minden / Gothenburg winner would have to win twice against Broken Bow on Tuesday to win the championship.
The championship round Tuesday will begin with game one of a possible two at 3 p.m. The championship game(s) can be heard on KBBN 95.3 FM and on the web at kbbn.com