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Husker baseball wins 15-9 over Purdue

The Nebraska baseball team picked up a first round Big Ten tournament win over Purdue on Wednesday night defeating the Boilermakers 15-9. With rain in the Bloomington area the schedule has been altered for Thursday and Friday. See a note below from the Nebraska athletic department and the Big Ten conference. 


Big Ten Baseball Tournament Schedule Update

Weather in Bloomington, Indiana, alters tournament schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Due to inclement weather in Bloomington, Indiana, the Big Ten has altered Thursday’s schedule for the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, which is being played at Indiana University’s Bart Kaufman Field.

Game 5 between Michigan and Indiana will take place Thursday at its originally scheduled time (10 a.m. ET). Originally scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Game 4 between Maryland and Iowa has been moved to 1:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday. That game will be followed at 5 p.m. (ET) Thursday by Game 6 between Purdue and the loser of the Maryland/Iowa game. Game 7 between Minnesota and Northwestern remains scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday. Game 8 between Nebraska and the winner of the Maryland/Iowa game will be playedon Friday at a time to be announced.

For more information on the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, visit bigten.org.


Felling Field Baseball Results from 5/24/17

Kmoch Drives In Five As The Tigers Muckdogs Defeats The Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts

Felling Field -- Landon Kmoch drove in five runs on three hits to lead the Tigers Muckdogs past the Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts 16-6 on Tuesday. Kmoch was one of the ringleaders of the Muckdogs first inning rally that scored that resulted in three early runs. A double by Bryson Gullion followed by singles by Landon Kmoch and Carter Hartwell helped boost the Muckdogs to a lead in which they never would relinquish. The Golden Plains Realty bats did heat up in the third inning as the Lugnuts put six runs on the board. The Lugnuts big inning was driven by a 2 RBI single by Quentin Terry. Kmoch earned the win for the Tigers Muckdogs. He threw two innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out five, and walking zero. The Muckdogs had eight hits in the game, led by Gullion and Kmoch with three apiece and Hartwell with two. Both defenses stepped up in the fourth inning as double plays closed out both halves of the inning. Lugnuts pitcher Kalen McCorkle caught a comeback line drive off the bat of the Muckdogs Reece Gillespie. McCorkle quickly reacted by then firing the ball to second base to double up a Muckdogs runner and shut down a Muckdogs rally. In the bottom half of the fourth Kmoch smoothly fielded a ground ball while playing first base. A smart tag of the runner leading off of first base followed by Kmoch stepping on the first base bag closed out a possible Lugnuts threat. The Muckdogs remain undefeated in Minors division play with a 2-0 record. With the loss the Lugnuts fall to 0-2 on the young season.


Loop Drives In Five As the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers Defeats the McCook National Bank Rivercats
Felling Field -- Five runs batted in from Reid Loop helped lead the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers past the McCook National Bank Rivercats 10-2 on Tuesday. Loop and his teammates jumped on the Rivercats pitching staff early by scoring three first inning runs. Loop contributed to the rally by driving in two runs with a double into deep left field. Loop then came around to score on a Gabe Roberts line drive single to right field giving the Grasshoppers a lead that they would never relinquish. The combination of Loop and Roberts along with the help of Cole Walter helped blow the game open in the fourth inning as all three players singled in the middle of a four run rally that would eventually result in a 10-2 advantage for the Grasshoppers. Loop earned the win for Roberts Farms Grasshoppers. He went two innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, striking out four, and walking zero. The Roberts Farms Grasshoppers had 12 hits in the game. Loop and Roberts each collected three hits and Coleman Chism rapped two for the Grasshoppers. Two bright spots for the McCook National Bank Rivercats were the bat of Jalen Collicott and the glove of Nathan Haddix. Collicott thumped two long triples deep into the outfield in the contest. Haddix impressed the crowd with an amazing catch while running on a dead spring into the outfield from his shortstop position to rob the Grasshoppers Evan Merrihew of a hit in the first inning. The contest between the Grasshoppers and Rivercats was a Non-League game so the result of the contest will not count towards the end of the year tournament seeding. With the win the Grasshoppers move to 3-0 overall on the season. The Rivercats drop to 1-2.

Felling Field Baseball Results from 5/22/17

The McCook Masonic Bodies Phillies Shut Out the First Central Bank Tigers in Majors Division Play

Felling Field – In a game that was a stalemate through the first two innings of play the McCook Masonic Bodies Phillies offense was finally able to overpower the pitching of the First Central Bank Tigers and win a Majors Division contest Monday night 8-0. Both starting pitchers were able to tame the opposing batters. Phillies starter Kolyn Gaston earned the win. He tossed two innings, giving up zero runs, zero hits, striking out five, and walking one while Tigers starter Adam Dugger pitched two innings, surrendering one run, one hit, striking out five, and walking
zero. The McCook Masonic Bodies Phillies were able to find a weakness in the First Central Bank bullpen as they scored seven runs in the fourth inning. The big inning for Phillies came thanks to singles by Kolyn Gaston, Keynan Gaston, and Nathanial Miller. Jackson Dellevoet went 1-for- 2 at the plate to lead the First Central Bank Tigers in hits. Hayden Norgaard led the McCook Masonic Bodies Phillies with three stolen bases as they ran wild on the base paths ending up with nine stolen bases as a team. Both the Phillies and the Tigers are tied for second place in the Majors Division as both teams now have a 1-1 record in division play.


The O'Brien Electric Royals Remain Undefeated After Division Win Over the H&H Installation Mets
Felling Field – The O'Brien Electric Royals moved to 1-0 in the Majors division and 2-0 overall after a comeback victory over the H&H Installation Mets on Monday night. With the teams tied at two in the bottom of the 3 rd inning the Royals Jacob Gomez-Wilson broke the deadlock with a RBI single that scored his brother Lucas Gomez-Wilson. The scoring spree would continue for the Royals as they added three more runs and eventually defeated the Mets 6-3. Kaiden Porter earned the win for the O'Brien Electric Royals. He threw one and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs, one hit, and striking out four. Jacob Gomez-Wilson recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Royals The starters for both teams showed pinpoint control which limited scoring early in the contest. Coleton Lentz started for the H&H Installation Mets. He pitched one and two-thirds innings, surrendering one run, two hits, striking out three, and walking zero. Alexander Anthony started the game for the O'Brien Electric Royals. He threw one and one-third innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, and striking out three. Grant Cappel, Jacob Gomez-Wilson, and Anthony each drove in one run a piece for the Royals. Jacob Gomez-Wilson was also a threat on the base paths as he led his team with four stolen bases. The H&H Installation Mets tore up the base paths as well as four players stole at least two bases. Mykuh Hanson led the way with three. With the loss the Mets drop to 1-1 in Majors Division play.

Six Huskers Earn Big Ten Honors, Erstad Named Coach of the Year

Bloomington – Six Nebraska baseball student-athletes and Head Coach Darin Erstad were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, as the league office released the 2017 All-Big Ten Honors.

Erstad was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Huskers to their first Big Ten regular-season title. Jake Meyers (utility) and Scott Schreiber (designated hitter) were first-team picks, while Angelo Altavilla (shortstop) and Jake Hohensee (starting pitcher) were third-team choices. Third baseman Luke Roskam was an unanimous pick for the All-Freshman team and Ben Miller was Nebraska's Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Erstad is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Huskers and has guided the Big Red to a 210-137-1 (.605) record during his tenure. Including NU's first-place finish this season, the Huskers have finished second or better in the Big Ten four times in six seasons. Earlier this year Erstad became just the fifth head coach in program history to total 200 wins and is four wins shy of tying Dave Van Horn for fourth place on the all-time wins list. Erstad is the first Husker baseball coach to be named conference coach of the year since 2005 when Mike Anderson was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Schreiber was a first-team pick for the second straight year after earning first-team honors at first base last season. Schreiber is the first Husker to earn first-team honors in consecutive seasons since Pat Kelly, who was a first-team pick at second base in 2013 and 2014. During the regular season Schreiber ranked sixth in the Big Ten in both hits (70) and RBIs (46), while ranking eighth in doubles (14) and ninth in batting average (.335). With 70 hits this season, Schreiber is looking to become the first Husker to top 80 hits in a year since 2013 when Kelly produced 85.

A third-team choice in the outfield last season, Meyers earned first-team honor this year for his performance both as a position player and as NU's Sunday starter. At the plate, Meyers finished the regular-season tied for second in the Big Ten with 48 runs scored and his on-base percentage of .431 ranked sixth in the conference. On the mound Meyers tied for the league lead with eight wins and his nine walks were the second fewest allowed in the league. The Huskers are 11-1-1 in games Meyers has started this season, with the only loss coming to Oregon State during the second weekend of the year. During Big Ten play, Nebraska was 7-0-1 with Meyers on the mound.

After playing in 14 games, including two starts, as a true freshman last season, Altavilla became Nebraska's starting shortstop in 2017. The sophomore ranks second on the team in batting average (.323), doubles (13) and RBIs (37). During Big Ten play, Altavilla was ninth in the league with 14 walks and tied for 11th in runs scored with 20.

Hohensee missed the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery and returned in 2017 as Nebraska's Friday starter. The junior from Lincoln earned third-team honors after going 6-3 in 13 starts. Overall on the year he ranked eighth in the Big Ten with an opposing batting average of .240. During league play he was fifth in innings pitched (48.0) and 11th in strikeouts (36).

Roskam was an unanimous pick for the Big Ten All-Freshman team after hitting .270 in 37 games, including 31 starts. The Chaska, Minn., native has roped seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and drive in 18 runs.

The Huskers open postseason play tomorrow at Bart Kaufman Field, when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 4 p.m. (CT). The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.

Nebraska's 2017 All-Big Ten Award WinnersCoach of the Year Darin Erstad

First TeamJake Meyers - Utility
Scott Schreiber – DH

Third TeamAngelo Altavilla – SS
Jake Hohensee – SP

All-Freshman TeamLuke Roskam – 3B *

Sportsmanship AwardBen Miller

*-denotes unanimous decision


McCook Girls Share their State Tennis Stories

Listen to intervews below with members of the McCook girls state championship tennis team. 


Huskers Knockout PSU to Capture Big Ten Crown

University Park, Pa. – The Nebraska baseball team (34-18-1, 16-7-1 Big Ten) hammered 18 hits in a 21-3 win over Penn State to capture the Big Ten regular-season title on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Nebraska captures its first Big Ten regular-season crown since joining the conference prior to the 2012 season. This is the seventh regular-season conference title won by Nebraska (1929 Big Six; 1948 and 1950 Big Seven; 2001, 2003 and 2005 Big 12).

Junior left-hander Jake Meyers made his 13th start of the season, and threw 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out a career-high seven batters. Matt Waldron (2.0 innings) and Nate Fisher (1.0 inning) each made relief appearances.

Nebraska took a 7-0 lead after the top of the first inning. The Huskers produced three hits, with Ben Miller and Angelo Altavilla each doubling and Mojo Hagge singling. Three Huskers were walked and three Huskers reached on a hit-by-pitch. The first four Huskers reached base before back-to-back groundouts. The inning continued six batters later before a groundout ended the inning. Meyers retired all three Nittany Lion batters in the bottom of the first.

The Huskers added three runs in the second inning off four hits. Miller, Luis Alvarado and Luke Roskam singled in the first three at-bats and each scored. Jesse Wilkening was hit by a pitch and Hagge produced a single before the inning ended with a flyout. Penn State went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second.

NU managed one base runner, Scott Schreiber, who advanced to third on a passed ball after reaching on an error by the right fielder. He couldn't score after back-to-back outs. Penn State got its first baserunner in the bottom of the third, but Meyers forced two flyouts and a strikeout to end the inning.

Jake Schleppenbach doubled down the right field line after a pair of outs to begin NU's fourth inning. He was left on-base after a flyout ended the inning. Meyers retired all three PSU hitters in the bottom half of the frame.

Altavilla reached on an error in the fifth, and scored after a Schreiber triple. Schreiber scored when Miller grounded out, increasing the lead to 12-0. Meyers struck out two Nittany Lions and forced a flyout to right field.

After Nebraska's leadoff hitter struck out in the sixth, Wilkening reached on an error and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Schleppenbach walked, and Hagge singled to drive in Wilkening. Meyers walked to load the bases and Altavilla singled to bring in a pair of runs. Schreiber drove in two more runs with his single up the middle. Miller added a hit that moved Schreiber to second, and both baserunners advanced on a wild pitch. Schreiber attempted to score on a wild pitch, but was tagged out at home. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but all three Huskers were left stranded. In all, NU scored five runs on four hits in the top of the sixth. Meyers added two strikeouts to set a new career high with seven, as he retired all three Nittany Lion batters.

Leadoff hitter Schleppenbach singled in the seventh, but NU was unable to score after a pair of fielder's choice outs and a flyout. Waldron came to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and retired all three Nittany Lions batters he faced.

Schleppenbach hit a grand slam in the top of the eighth after the first three Huskers reached base. Hagge then doubled off the right field wall and Altavilla was walked, but both were left on-base.

Two Huskers were walked in the top of the ninth, but a double play ended the inning. Penn State managed three runs in the bottom of the ninth before Nebraska recorded the final out.

The Huskers return to action next week when they head to Bloomington, Ind., for the Big Ten Tournament.


Huskers Stunned by Nittany Lions in Ninth Inning, 8-7

University Park, Pa. – The Nebraska baseball team (32-18-1, 14-7-1 Big Ten) fell to Penn State (18-35, 4-18 Big Ten) in the series opener, 8-7, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Thursday night.

Junior right-hander Jake Hohensee made his 13th start of the season, and went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, all of which were earned. Robbie Palkert threw 2.0 innings, giving up one run which was unearned. Chad Luensmann gave up three runs, all unearned, in 1.1 innings.

Leadoff hitter Jake Meyers homered in the first at-bat of the game to left field, marking the first time since DJ Belfonte against Texas A&M on May 1, 2010 that a Husker led the game off with a home run. Angelo Altavilla drew a walk, but a double-play lineout and strikeout ended the inning for the Big Red. Penn State took the lead after the first inning with three runs on three hits, highlighted by a home run from Willie Burger.

Luis Alvarado was walked in the top of the second, but the Huskers couldn't get another baserunner. The Nittany Lions had one baserunner reach on a throwing error by the third baseman, but didn't add to their lead in the bottom of the second.

Meyers walked after a flyout started the third for Nebraska. Meyers advanced to second on a passed ball, but was stranded after back-to-back outs. Hohensee retired all three Nittany Lions in the bottom of the third.

Luke Roskam walked in the fourth, but was thrown out on a fielder's choice that put Alvarado at first base. The inning ended with a Jesse Wilkening groundout. The Nittany Lions went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the fourth.

Mojo Hagge tripled in the top of the fifth and Meyers drove him in with a one-out single through the left side. Altavilla singled through the right side in the following at-bat, advancing Meyers to second. After a Scott Schreiber strikeout, Ben Miller hit an RBI single through the right side to tie the game at 3-3. Roskam struck out to end the inning. Hohensee retired all three Nittany Lion batters.

Jake Schleppenbach reached on a hit-by-pitch in the sixth and advanced to second on a passed ball, but was left on-base. Hohensee had retired 10 consecutive batters before a leadoff double for the Nittany Lions in the bottom of the sixth. The runner scored with another double, giving Penn State a 4-3 lead. The next three batters were retired.

In the top of the seventh, Meyers was walked and advanced to third on an Altavilla single to right field. Schreiber grounded out, but brought in Meyers. Roskam was walked, but both baserunners were left stranded. Palkert struck out two, and also forced a flyout in the seventh.

Wilkening doubled in the leadoff spot in the top of the eighth. Schleppenbach grounded out in the subsequent at-bat, advancing Wilkening to third. Meyers was walked for the third time of the night after back-to-back outs. Altavilla ripped a double down the right field line, which scored both Wilkening and Meyers and gave NU a 6-4 lead. Schreiber drove in Altavilla, but was thrown out at second base.

PSU had a leadoff single in the eighth, and also drew a walk. Luensmann came in and forced two groundouts, but Penn State scored on an error by Miller.

In the top of the ninth, all three Husker batters were retired. Penn State scored three runs off two hits to complete the comeback, as two Huskers committed errors.

Game 2 of the three-game set between the Huskers and Nittany Lions is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT).


McCook Girls Tennis Team Ready for State

The McCook Girls Tennis Team is getting ready for the two-day state tennis match's in Lincoln coming up May 18th and 19th. Qualifying for the State Tennis Tournament from McCook #1 Singles Cassiddy Beeby 27-12, #2 Singles Kassidy Michaelis 39-0, #1 Doubles Lauren Koetter/Kacee Samway 39-0, and in #2 Doubles Katherine Kjendal/Sydney Thompson 31-3.  Hometown Family Radio was able to chat with head coach Matt Wiemers about his overall thoughts on the upcoming state tournament. 




Felling Field Youth Baseball Results from 5/16/17

Roberts Drives In Five As The Roberts Farms Grasshoppers Defeats The Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts

Five runs batted in from Gabe Roberts helped lead the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers past the Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts 16-5 on Tuesday. Roberts drove in runs on a triple in the first, a single in the second, and a single in the third. The Grasshoppers took an early lead in the first inning behind Reid Loop’s RBI single and a Roberts triple with the bases loaded. The Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts did string together a three run rally in the third inning. Patience at the plate paid off for the Lugnuts as both Daniel Kelley and Ethan Pospisil walked with the bases loaded. Loop earned the win for the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers. He went one and one-third innings, allowing zero runs, zero hits, striking out three, and walking zero. Four relievers helped the Grasshoppers close out the victory. The Roberts Farms Grasshoppers had six hits in the game with Roberts and Loop each collecting multiple hits. The Grasshoppers stole 13 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Evan Merrihew led the way with four. Pospisil led Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts with two runs batted in. The win positions the Grasshoppers at the top of the Minors Division standings with a 2-0 record. The Lugnuts fall to 0-1 on the season.


The High Plains Podiatry Clippers Almost Erases an 8-Run Deficit In Loss To The McCook National Bank Rivercats

Felling Field—The McCook National Bank Rivercats stormed out to an eight-run lead in the first inning and held on for an 8-7 victory over the High Plains Podiatry Clippers on Tuesday. Three consecutive hits by the Rivercats first three batters propelled McCook National Bank to an early lead. Singles by Davien Hanson, Kycen Bradley and Jalen Collicott started the rally. Nathan Haddix then cleaned the bases with a 3 RBI single to close out the inning. The High Plains Podiatry Clippers had a big inning of their own, scoring seven runs in the third inning. Singles by Jude Schmick, Zach Hinze and Aiden Doak all played a key part in the rally. In the end though, the Clippers came up just one run shy of erasing their early 8 run deficit. Collicott earned the win for the McCook National Bank Rivercats. He tossed one and one-third innings, surrendering two runs, four hits, and striking out one. Three relievers helped the Rivercats finish off the victory. Zach Hinze took the loss for the High Plains Podiatry Clippers. He threw two innings, giving up five runs, five hits, and striking out six. Haddix went 1-for- 1 at the plate as he led the team with three runs batted in. Espn Hall led the High Plains Podiatry Clippers with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with six total stolen bases. This contest was a non-league battle. The Rivercats now have an overall record of 1-1 and a league record of 0-1. The Clippers are 0-2 overall with an 0-1 league record.


McCook Bison District Golf Results

The McCook Bison Golf team participated in the Class B-4 district golf tournament held at Ogallala.  Only two golfers qualified for the state tournament.  Kade Gray, and Gabe Vielma as they placed in the top 10 individually.  As a team, McCook placed 4th with a team score of a 348. You can view all the individual and team results.

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