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Baseball squad looks to
duplicate last year's success

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

This year, the Platte County Pirate Boys baseball team will attempt to make a run at the 2002 Class 3A state title.

Last season the team made an attempt, but could not bring home the title, losing just short of the state quarterfinals in the sectionals against Kearney.

Last season, the baseball team went undefeated throughout the regular season. The team won districts before suffering its first loss in the sectionals to Kearney.

This year, the baseball team will attempt to go undefeated throughout the regular season again. If all goes well throughout the regular season, then they will have to go undefeated throughout the postseason, which includes districts, sectionals, quarterfinals, and then state.

They will also attempt to bring home the first ever 3A state baseball championship to Platte County.

Although the starting lineup is not for certain yet, the Pirates will have several returning players. Underclassmen will likely contend for the spot that were left vacant this season by graduated seniors from last season.

The Pirates will not attempt to reach the postseason and state by playing a cupcake schedule, as Platte County has scheduled some of the toughest competition throughout the area.

Some of the home games that the Pirates will host include Oak Grove, Chillicothe, Benton, Maur Hill, Lafayette, Kearney, Savannah, and Richmond. The away games that Platte County has scheduled so far include North Platte, Smithville, O’Hara, Pembroke Hill, Cameron, St. Pius, Maryville, and Excelsior Springs.

In addition to all of these regular season games, the Pirates will also be competing in several tournaments. The scheduled home tournament that Platte County will host is the Tri City Tournament. The Pirates are also scheduled to go on the road and compete in the Holden and Northland Tournaments.

The first scheduled game of the year will take place on Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. at North Platte. The first home game for Platte County will happen a day later when the Pirates will host Oak Grove at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

The dates for the postseason games include Districts on May 13, Sectionals on May 23, Quarterfinals on May 25, and State on May 31 and June 1.