Five Points claims first league crown in 44 years

Ashton Valentine of Hastings FIve Points Bank slides in safely for what proves to be the game winning run against Lincoln East, July 9, 2018 (KHGI)

Time for a Nebraska history lesson from 1974.

I–80 was finally completed with a "Golden Link" ceremony on April 1 in Sidney, Neb., becoming the first state to complete its portion of the I–80 interstate system.

The legal drinking age was 19.

And it's the time the Huskers were perhaps the biggest underdog of all–time at home, as Oklahoma entered Memorial Stadium as a 14–point favorite.

It's also the last time Hastings senior legion came out with a Cornhusker League Championship.

"This is such a tough area with Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings and North Platte really banging heads, trying to get back to that league championship, it's been a long time," said head coach Kevin Asher. "It's a great accomplishment for our kids."

The Chiefs were able to top Lincoln East (U-Stop) 7-6 on Monday night at Duncan Field.

Hastings found themselves in a 3-0 hole after the first two innings of play.

"This is a great group," said Asher. "We build our programs around character. They're high character kids and they can handle a lot of things that go on in a baseball game."

A combination of hits, walks, bases loaded walks and a wild pitch helped Five Points scratch all the runs they would need for the remainder of the game. Connor Laux got the final two of the inning with a two-run single and the bases loaded. Laux had three hits in the game. Blayne Dreher also plated a pair in the inning for Hastings.

After the third inning, Five Points was on top 7-3 after scoring all of their runs in the home half of the inning.

Laux led the Hastings pitchers with a 1.00 WHIP in his short time on the mound while picking up the save.

Trey Asher earned a couple of free passes for Hastings in his trips to the plate.

The Chiefs, who improve to 32-3 on the season, play at Beatrice on Wednesday night.

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