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It took 10 innings, but Atkinson powered ahead of the Neligh Legion Post #172 on Sunday, forcing Neligh into the loser's bracket of the Class C, Area 1 Juniors tournament.
Top-seeded Atkinson won 9-8 and advances to Sunday's 5 p.m. game against No. 2 Bloomfield-Wausa. No. 3 Neligh will play No. 7 Crofton at 8 p.m.
Neligh outhit Atkinson on Sunday but too many errors came back to haunt the home team. Neligh had 12 hits and eight errors compared to Atkinson's eight hits and five errors.
Devon Dohrman earned the win for Atkinson while Andrew Herley took the loss for Neligh.
Atkinson 131 100 110 1 - 9 8 5
Neligh 010 402 010 0 - 8 12 8
WP: Devon Dohrman. LP: Andrew Herley