Jul 28, 2022

Ogallala wins Area 7 Senior Championship

Posted Jul 28, 2022 1:40 PM

By: Mike Glesinger  Panhandle Post

Top seed Ogallala battled through 3 elimination games and a weather delay to take the Class B -Area 7  Senior Legion Baseball Championship Tuesday night in Ogallala.   

Number 2 seed Alliance defeated Ogallala 5-0 in the winners bracket game on Sunday, to move into the Championship game Tuesday night. Ogallala held off Gering 5-4 in an elimination game Monday night and would now  need to win twice vs Alliance to take the Area 7 title. 

The teams waited out a 90 minute weather delay, Tuesday night,  before starting the first Championship game.    Ogallala got off to a quick start,  with a  5-0  lead and went on to win the first game 18-1.   That set up a 2nd,  winner take all game, to determine the Champion.  Once again Ogallala got off to a quick start and took an early  7-0 lead and never trailed, winning the final game 22-0.

The Alliance FNBO Spartans finish the season with a 27-23 record.

Other Tournament scores:   Friday July 22:   Gering 4 Sidney 0.   Alliance 8 Chadron 0.   Saturday July 23:   Chadron 12 Sidney 6 (Sidney eliminated).  Ogallala 10 Gering 2.   Sunday July 24:  Gering 4 Chadron 1 (Chadron eliminated).  Alliance 5  Ogallala 0.  Monday July 25:  Ogallala 5 Gering 4 (Gering eliminated). 

Ogallala will now advance to the Class B, Senior State Tournament in Broken Bow beginning Saturday, July 30.  Ogallala will face Area 4 Champion Valparaiso in their opening game at 12 pm CT.  Area 2 winner Waverly will face Area 5 winner Columbus Lakeview in the opener at 9 am CT.  The Host team Broken Bow will meet Area 6 runner up Minden at 3 pm CT. The final game of day one will feature Area 3 winner Blair vs Hickman, the Area 1 and defending State Champion from 2021. 

Prior to the 3 pm game, Saturday,  between Broken Bow and Minden, there will be a special ceremony to honor Custer County native Paul Brown.  Paul was killed in action in World War One. His remains were brought back to Custer County for burial in 1922.  The ceremony on Saturday will mark 100 years to date of his return to his home area.  The Baseball Field in Broken Bow is named in his honor.

The  double elimination State Tournament continues into Sunday with games at 9-12-3 and 6 pm.   Monday games are at noon-3 and 6 pm. Tuesday games will be at 3 and 6 pm with the Championship game set for 1 pm Wednesday, August 3. If a 2nd game is needed it would be played right after the 1 pm game.