If the Neligh Seniors are going to come out on top of the B5 Area Tournament, they'll have to do so after battling through the consolation bracket.
The Seniors fell in the opening round of the area tournament in Wayne to Lakeview in a close 3-1 loss.
Lakeview jumped on top early, taking a 2-1 after two innings of play. However, defense continued to win the day, as the only other run came when Lakeview took advantage of a Neligh error.
On the mound, Tyson Belitz got the start on the mound before giving way to Jayden Arehart. The Neligh coaches kept both pitcher's pitch counts to a minimum, as Arehart threw just 29 pitches before Cole Belitz took over. Beau Murray then came in to close out the game.
The loss actually gives Neligh a day off, as they get a bye to start the consolations. They will be back on the field on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. They will take on the winner of tomorrow's 2 p.m. game.