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As the temperature got hotter, so did Neligh's bats at the Class B Area 5 tournament Saturday.
Neligh started slow, but got the bats going strong, putting up 14 runs en route to a 14-2 victory over Kearney County #2.
Tyson Belitz got the start on the mound for Neligh. Kearney County's batters were unable to keep up with him for most of the day, as they were held to just two runs. Belitz's dominance over Kearney County was especially evident in the second inning as he struck out three batters.
With the win, Neligh moves on to face the winner of the Columbus Lakeview/Kearney County #1 game at 4 p.m. on Sunday.