NEBRASKA CITY – RBI doubles from Connor Schneider and Caleb Lemmon in the top of the seventh inning helped Bellevue West comeback for a 4-2 win over Nebraska City Monday evening at Clemmy Holmes Field in Nebraska City.
The Thunderbirds tied the game at two in the fifth when Taylor Hoskinson drove in Jack Sullivan on an RBI single.
It was the Pioneers’ home opener after nearly a month of weather delays and field renovations prevented Nebraska City from playing on their home field.
Cade Povich earned his fifth win of the season. The South Mountain (Ariz.) juco commit came in in-relief of Caden Eby and didn’t allow a run on one hit, nine strikeouts and one walk in five and one-third innings of work. Eby allowed two runs on three hits and finished with two strikeouts over one and two-thirds innings.
Nebraska City Head Coach Kyle Ferguson says Povich was the answer for the Thunderbirds and they had a hard time timing him up.
“He did a nice job changing his delivery. He would go quick a little bit. Kind of Johnny Cueto like. Maybe not a quirky as Cueto, but did a lot of those same things: slowed down and sped up, had a good balance between breaking balls, change ups and had a pretty lively fastball.”
Dylan Knoell went six and a third innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out seven in the loss.
Bryce Levy led Nebraska City with two hits in three at bats. The Pioneers were haunted by 11 total strikeouts and 8 runners left on base.
Nebraska City drops to 1-4 this season and will host Waverly (4-2) in the first round of the Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament Tuesday.
Bellevue West improves to 5-6 and will be at Omaha Central (5-6) on Tuesday.
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