The Beatrice baseball team defeated Branched Oak 7-2 on senior night Tuesday at Christenson Field in Beatrice.

The Orangemen scored three runs in the first inning and then answered Branched Oak's two runs in the top of the third inning with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third.

The Orangemen tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-2, which would be the final score.

Qwin Zabokrtsky pitched six innings for Beatrice, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two. Zane Hoffman pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

Will Reimer had four hits in the game while Zack Hoffman scored four runs.

Reimer got things going for Beatrice in the first inning with a lead off single and then he advanced to second when Peyton Murphy reached on an error.

Zack Hoffman then reached on an error, which allowed both runners to score, making it 2-0.

The next two Beatrice hitters were retired, but Austin Burroughs' RBI single allowed one more run to score, making it 3-0.

Beatrice loaded the bases with one out in the second inning, but were unable to push any runs across home plate.

A walk, a double and a single led to two runs for Branched Oak in the third inning, but their scoring would end there.

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Beatrice got things going again in the bottom of the third when walks to Sean Pinkerton, Hayden Behrends and Zach Dubois loaded the bases with one out.

An RBI single b y Reimer brought in one run to make it 4-2. A two out walk to Zack Hoffman brought in another run to make it 5-2.

Beatrice's two runs in the fifth inning all came with two outs. Reimer got the rally started with a single and then scored on Murphy's RBI double.

Zack Hoffman's RBI single extended the Beatrice lead to 7-2.

Branched Oak's first two batters reached based in the sixth inning, but a fly out and a double play ended that threat. Zane Hoffman gave up a two out single in the seventh, but that runner never got passed first base as Beatrice went on to win 7-2.

All four of Reimer's hits were singles while Zack Hoffman had a double and a single. Murphy had a double and Burroughs and Pinkerton had a single each.

Beatrice honored five seniors Tuesday night. Those seniors were Griffen Vater, Zach Dubois, Hayden Behrens, Zach Hoffman and Sean Pinkerton.

They also honored Jackson Trusty, a former teammate of those five seniors, who unexpectedly passed away in November of 2015. Trusty's cousin, Elliot Jurgens, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. 

Beatrice is now 6-5 on the season and they'll be in action again on Monday when they travel to Nebraska City. The Orangemen will have one last home game on Tuesday, April 30 when they host Norris.

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