The First Bank Juniors had a lead in the middle innings but were eventually overtaken by a big rally from Alma as Alma edged First Bank 13-12 at Minden on June 30. The Juniors dropped to 0-6.
Alma had a 4-0 lead through two and a half innings before First Bank started a comeback in the bottom of the third. Lucas Epperson singled then back-to-back walks to Isaac Kuehn and Carter Harsin loaded the bases. Ashton Hawkins walked to bring in Epperson, Kuehn scored on a passed ball and Evan Smith lined a two-RBI triple scoring Harsin and Hawkins. Jasper Birkestrand sac bunted to score Smith. After three it was First Bank up 5-4.
First Bank got three more in the bottom of the fourth to pad the lead 8-4. Walks and passed balls scored Epperson and Kuehn. Harsin doubled and eventually scored on a fly to center by Hawkins.
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