The Broken Bow American Legion juniors and seniors hosted Cozad Tuesday night for a doubleheader at Paul Brown Field. The Bow juniors continued their winning ways with a 16-2 win in five innings. Bow jumped out early scoring 6 runs in the first, 5 in the second, and 5 more in the third. Brice Chaplin was 2 for 4 including a double and drove in two. Eli Coble had a triple and 3 runs scored. Austin Harvey was the winning pitcher going 2 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 2. Nick Shada and Owen Hartman combined for 2 and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The juniors moved their overall record to a perfect 18-0.
The Broken Bow juniors have claimed the West Division championship of the Mid Nebraska League which they play in. Broken Bow will face the East Division champion Grand Island for the league championship on Thursday. Broken Bow will host the game at Paul Brown Field at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and on kbbn.com. A special live video stream accompanied by the radio call will also be available on the Sandhills Express Facebook page, the KCNI/KBBN You Tube page, and the @KBBNsports Twitter feed.
The Bow seniors booked a spot in their league title game Tuesday night with a thrilling walk off win against Cozad in extra innings. Bow scored first in the fourth as Eli Coble led the inning off with a single and would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Sawyer Bumgarner. The score stayed 1-0 until the sixth when Cozad’s Jacob Engel drove in Dreu White to tie the game at 1-1. Bow would answer in the bottom of the sixth as Blake Denson would score to give Broken Bow the lead back 2-1 going to the seventh. Down to their final out, Cozad’s Nolan Wetovick drove one to deep center field to drive in the tying run and would end up sending the game to extra innings tied 2-2. After Cozad scored the go ahead run in the top of the eighth, Broken Bow’s Brody Ridder walked and Blake Denson singled to start the bottom of the eighth. Ridder would come into score the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Eli Coble and then Caden Holm would end the game with a walk off single to right field which drove in Blake Denson for the winning run. Bow’s 4-3 win clinched the west division championship of the Mid Nebraska League and sends Broken Bow to the seniors league championship game which will be played on July 7th.