Falls City’s Derek McCann finished 3-3 with three runs-batted-in Tuesday night to lead the Blue Storm Juniors past Auburn, 9-4, in the first round of the Southeast Nebraska Baseball Conference tournament.
With the win, Falls City advanced to the Southern Division championship to face upset-minded and eighth-seeded Tecumseh, who defeated No. 4 seed Nebraska City 8-6.
The Blue Storm jumped on top of Auburn 3-0 in the bottom half of the second inning and finished the game with three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
In the two three-run innings by FC, batters five thru eight – Austin Malone, Tyler DiGiacomo, McCann and Preston Deckinger – combined for five hits in eight at bats, four RBIs, two walks and scored all six runs.
McCann’s double to leftfield in the second drove in Malone and advanced DiGiacomo from first to third. DiGiacomo scored on a wild pitch and Zach Jordening provided a two-out double that drove in Deckinger, who reached base earlier on a fielder’s choice.
Malone and DiGiacomo started the bottom of the fourth with a pair of singles. McCann followed with an RBI single to right, then Deckinger singled past the shortstop to drive in DiGiacomo.
Logan Scheitel earned the complete game victory for FC and improved to 6-2 on the season. He held Auburn hitless through the first four innings and finished the game with six strikeouts. Scheitel had a solid night at the plate, as well, finishing 2-3 with a run scored and one driven in.
Falls City (12-7) and Tecumseh (6-8) square off in Auburn Thursday night at 8. The Blue Storm defeated Tecumseh 11-1 in Falls City back on June 5th.
In the Northern Division tournament at Plattsmouth, No. 2 Elmwood-Murdcock/Nehawka blanked No. 3 Teckmeyer Financial 5-0. EMN (12-5) will face Syracuse (7-14) in the Northern title game at 8 p.m. Thursday, after Syracuse stunned top-seeded Plattsmouth 6-4.
The division champions advance to the SENBC championship game in Tecumseh Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Tecumseh is also the site of the seventh, fifth and third place consolation games, with those scheduled Saturday for 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4, respectively.