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Neligh Seniors: Back Row L-R, Coach Dan Murray, Coach, Boyd Batenhorst, Tyson Belitz, Alex Kerkman, Chase Kallhoff, Damon Arehart, Chris Bentley, Tyson Zegers, Coach Ethan Larsen. Front Row L-R, Jayden Arehart, Cole Belitz, Grant White, Jordon Murray, Luke Jacobsen, Beau Murray, Clayton Anderson. Not Pictured: Devon Breuer.
After a strong regular season, the Neligh Senior Legion Baseball team looks to build some momentum in the Class B Area 5 tournament in Central City.
Neligh enters the six-team tournament as the second seed. They draw a first round matchup with Columbus Lakeview, a team they beat 6-5 earlier this season. In that game, Neligh generated 12 hits, including four in the fourth. That fourth inning saw Neligh score five of its six runs to take the lead for good.
Chase Kallhoff led the way for Neligh on that day, driving in two runs while scoring one more. Despite three errors by the Neligh defense, the pitching staff was able to keep Columbus Lakeview in check. Luke Jacobsen threw five innings to get the win, striking out four. Tyson Belitz came in for two innings of relief, allowing one run and striking out three Columbus Lakeview on his way to earning the save.
If Neligh is victorious again, it will face the winner of the Kearney County/Central City game. Top-seeded Pierce takes on Kearney County #2 in the only other first round matchup. The winner of the double-elimination tournament earns a bid to the Class B State Tournament in Plattsmouth.
First pitch for Neligh and Columbus Lakeview is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. at Central City’s Kemel Field.