Orange overcome slow start, use big 5th inning to down Bluejays

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Orange baseball team (1-2) earned its first win of the season Monday, knocking off Seward 5-3 at Christenson Field.

The Bluejays (1-1) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Beatrice was able to tie the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fifth, Seward grabbed a 3-2 lead after junior Tayte Rolenc scored on a wild pitch from relief man Quin Zabokrtsky.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Orange responded and took the lead for good, scoring three runs on three hits.

In total, Beatrice outhit Seward 9-3 after managing just two hits as a team in a loss at  No. 9 Hastings last Thursday.

Four different Orangemen got multiple hits Monday, and five different Orangemen scored a run. Sophomore Will Reimer went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a team-high 2 RBIs.

Sophomore Quin Zaborktsky was the winning pitcher. He pitched the 5th inning in relief, allowing one hit and one earned run.

Senior Griffen Vater earned a two-out save. He Seward down in order in the top of the seventh, striking out two of his final three batters faced.

Senior Zach Hoffman started on the mound for the first time in the 2019 season Monday, tossing 85 pitches in four innings of work. He struck out five batters, and walked two more while allowing a pair of hits and earned runs.

The losing pitcher for Seward was junior Theo Hughes. In his first start of 2019, the right-hander tossed 82 pitches in 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and five earned runs. He struck out six batters, while walking and hitting another.

Beatrice will be home to host South Sioux City on Thursday. First pitch from Christenson Field is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Orange are also set to host Douglas County West on Friday afternoon at 4:30. Both of these games are weather permitting.

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