In a game with a final score indicative of a football game, top-seeded Atkinson held off the eighth seed, Ainsworth, in the first round of the Class C Area 1 tournament in Neligh.
After falling behind 2-0 after the first inning, the Atkinson bats came alive to score 15 runs in the second and third innings combined. Not to be outdone, Ainsworth added 13 runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 15-15. However, the game never was close again, with Atkinson adding three runs in the bottom of the fourth, five in the fifth, and four in the sixth.
Atkinson moves on to play Valentine Saturday at 8 p.m.