The Minden First Bank Juniors were usually able to respond to McCook’s leads but not enough to ultimately overtake them as McCook triumphed in a 6-4 victory on July 1 at Ollie Bjorklund Field. First Bank slipped to 7-12.
McCook scored one in the top of the second and another in the fourth for a 2-0 lead before First Bank got one back in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Lutkemeier walked and Braxton Hatch, running for Lutkemeier, came around to score thanks to a stolen base, wild pitch and a ground out from Dedric Cervantes.
In the top of the sixth McCook extended the lead to 4-1 but First Bank responded with two in the bottom of six when Ethan Morgan singled and scored as Lutkemeier reached by error. Lutkemeier was plated on a grounder from Jake Halvorsen. After six complete McCook held on to a 4-3 advantage.
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