Flood affecting baseball numbers at Plattsmouth

Flood affecting baseball numbers at Plattsmouth
Ron Eklund looks east at a flooded Main Street on the eastern edge of Plattsmouth in March. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

PLATTSMOUTH – Jehu Montes isn’t playing baseball this summer. Instead, he’s helping his family recover and continue to battle flooding in Plattsmouth.

The Montes family lost everything when floodwaters from the Missouri and Platte River inundated the town in March, so Legion Baseball Head Coach Tim Winters didn’t blame Jehu “one-bit” for taking the summer off to be with his family.

Winters says the team has been reaching out to help the Cass County city of 6,451 people with flood recovery.

“We can invite them up to the park, they can see a good game, and kind of get away and let some of that stuff go to the back of your head for at least a few hours a night. For those that are affected that are with us, they know that we’re they’re for them and we’ll do anything we can. We’re reaching out to them, they’re reaching out to us. Hopefully, when they show up, they can see a good baseball game.”

Plattsmouth (7-8) has a three-game home-stand this week. They’ll play Auburn (5-1) tonight (Tuesday), Syracuse on Thursday and Blair on Friday. The juniors game begins at 6 p.m. each night, followed by the seniors at 8 p.m.

Nathan Konkler and Shawn McKinley are also not playing, but not because of flooding. Konkler is spending more time with family as he prepares to attend Northwest Missouri State this fall. McKinley is dealing with arm soreness.

Jack Glup is on the roster, but has been battling an illness and has not played in a game.

Plattsmouth is currently on a five-game losing streak and features only three players who returned with senior-level experience. They field primarily 14- and 15-year-olds and have been playing teams that feature 18- and 19-year olds.

Adam Eggert is the ace of the pitching staff and set a school record for strikeouts in a season for Plattsmouth High School this spring (50). He’s also the team’s lead-off hitter and has speed on the base paths, according to Winters.

Plattsmouth hosts Auburn Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The game will be available to watch on News Channel Nebraska TV and ncnsportsnow.com.

Auburn at Plattsmouth

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Plattsmouth High School

TV: News Channel Nebraska

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