After a rare rest day Sunday, the Blair High School baseball team scored 15 runs and beat Omaha Concordia on Monday.
The next evening, though, the Bears scored just once and lost a 10-1 game to Gretna at Vets Field.
“We've played a lot of baseball over the past 2.5 weeks,” coach John Roan said Tuesday, detailing Blair's 13-game schedule over that timeframe. “I think we might be a little tired.”
The Dragons (4-4 overall) scored first and led throughout, but they finally put BHS (4-9) away with a five-run top of the seventh inning.
“We were in it up until the end of the game,” Roan said. “We were playing really good baseball.”
The Bears scored their run during the second inning, capitalizing after Cade Ulven reached second base on an error and Morgan Rump notched a one-out infield single. Wesley Gunderson filled in on the basepath for the latter, attempted to steal second and broke up any chance Gretna had of throwing Ulven out at home when he slid through a Dragons infielder.
The run cut Blair's deficit to one, but it wouldn't get any closer. Nolan Osterhaus, Brady Brown and Connor O'Neil added hits as the game went on, but BHS was never able to break through against a team that's played five less games than it has to start the spring season.
“I think, at the end of the day, we probably just ran out of a little bit of gas at the end,” Roan said. “I mean, the boys were playing hard.”
Bears score 15, beat Concordia
The Bears played hard against the Mustangs, too.
Dex Larsen homered, and J'shawn Unger and Rump notched three RBIs apiece, as the Blair baseball team outscored Concordia on Monday, 15-10, at Vets Field.
An eight-run fourth frame turned a 6-5 deficit into a 13-6 lead for the Bears, who picked up their fourth win of the season.
While Larsen, Unger and Rump combined for eight RBIs, Brown and Ulven combined for two more. Brown and Unger both had three hits, while Rump, Ulven and Kaden Fletcher had two apiece.
BHS pitchers Shea Wendt and Canton Lippincott combined for seven innings and eight strikeouts. Lippincott closed out the victory, allowing no runs during the top of the seventh frame.