The Post 154 Junior team kicked off the American Legion Baseball season in Blair on May 24, earning a 3-1 victory against South Omaha Post 331 at Vets Field.
Catcher Jacob Chavez gave his team's opening-day performance a 7-out-of-10.
“We can definitely improve a lot of things,” he said.
Within the first three innings of the summer season, the catcher got started and improved his own swing.
“I came off hot out of spring ball, but we had a little break with the rain the last week,” Chavez said. “And during BP (batting practice) before, I didn't really hit too well. And I struck out first at-bat, but I kind of just shortened up (my swing) a bit — and it worked.”
The Bears scored all three of their runs during the third inning. Nolan Osterhaus led off with a double before Morgan Rump notched an infield single, bringing up Chavez. The catcher made the South Omaha outfielders run, hitting a deep two-RBI double.
Conner O'Neil, who filled in as a courtesy runner for Chavez, eventually scored from third base on a passed ball to make the score 3-1.
The two-run advantage was more than Blair needed. Wyatt Ogle pitched five innings, getting out of two jams with runners in scoring position during the second and third, and had three strikeouts.
O'Neil came in and finished off Post 331 in the final two innings with two Ks.
“Conner, pitching for the first time in a JV-type game, I think he did really well,” Chavez said. “I think he'll be dangerous this year.”
The Bears' Junior squad could be, too, if they play as well in the field as they did Friday during the opener.
“I don't think we had one error,” Chavez said. “That's good on the defensive side.”
Blair wins on road
The Blair Juniors also defeated Hooper/Scribner on Saturday. They dominated the road game 14-2, notching a 13-1 hit advantage.
Aiden Olson led the Bears with three hits and four RBIs, while Osterhaus and Cade Ulven each had two hits. Luke Ladwig and Danny Lenz each pushed across two runs.
Rump struck out six on the mound.