Bates Gem Downs McCook

Minden First Bank Senior Braden Bates pitched a gem of a game on July 12 when the McCook Seniors came to Ollie Bjorklund Park.

Bates sparkled on the mound allowing only two hits and one run in his seven innings on the hill. He also struck out five on 93 pitches with four walked. First Bank prevailed 3-1 to move to 9-3 on the season.

In a game that was barely over an hour and a half both teams played good clean baseball. Minden got its first run in the bottom of the first when Creed Ehlers singled, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.

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