FREMONT, Neb. – In a series that was originally slated for Saturday, Midland University and Hastings College took to the diamond on Monday evening for the first part of their rescheduled four-game series. The teams were in a pitcher’s duel early on in game one as both starters were limiting their opponent. Then Midland exploded for five runs in the 5th inning for the 8-3 win. Game two saw the Broncos get on the board with three runs in the opening frame and then cruised to a 5-1 victory.
With the split, Hastings (17-18, 9-5) holds onto the third spot in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standing with a game lead over Midland (20-15, 8-6), who is in fourth place. Doane and Northwestern sit atop the standings with identical 10-4 conference records.
Buddy Balsino and Bailey Bliss both homered in game one for the Warriors. Balsino hit a 3-run home run to cap of a five run fifth for Midland while Bliss hit a 2-run shot in the sixth to end any chances of a Bronco comeback. Gabriel Settles and Tanner Bos both aided the offense as well. Settles drove in Bliss to begin the fifth while Bos drove in Luzzi in the first inning.
Daylon Owens went 5.2 innings to pick up his sixth win as he allowed sevens hits and two earn runs in his ninth start of the year.
Game two saw Torrey Escamilla on the hill and went the distance. He struck out nine Hastings batters but allowed five earned runs in 7 innings of work.
The Warriors’ lone run came in first inning on a Bos sacrifice hit that scored Luzzi. Hastings pitcher nearly went the distance, going 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts before turning the game over to his bullpen.
Midland will be back on the diamond this afternoon as they take on Morningside (12-19-1, 6-8 GPAC) at Moller Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. of the doubleheader in Fremont.