Pitching wins championships.
Home Federal proved the old cliche true on Sunday night in Lincoln, as Grand Island shut out the PrimeTime Patriots 2-0 en route to the Mike Peterson Legion Tournament championship.
Home Federal allowed just five total runs in its five wins over the weekend, and Kyle Simonds capped off the streak, throwing a complete-game shutout on Sunday night. Simonds, who plays golf during the spring rather than baseball, scattered two hits and struck out nine batters in the title game.
"We finished the game," said Simonds. "We haven't finished games really well, so it's good to get ahead and finish a game in the 7th inning. It's huge."
Home Federal scored twice in the first inning, getting on the board when catcher Max Ayoub doubled to right field, scoring Jordan Ramirez-Porter to make it 1-0.
"We just wanted to come out and show people that even though we've lost games we shouldn't have lost, we can play with the big metro teams," said Ayoub. "We can keep going and want to make a run at state and see what we can do."