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Grand Island Home Federal not affected by district format

A Grand Island pitcher follows through on a pitch in the bullpen at Ryder Park. (NTV News)

Grand Island has had another dominant season, tallying 39 wins compared to 9 losses and a tie, once again placing Home Federal in a familiar spot as the 1 seed in a district tournament.

Home Federal lit up the scoreboard during the regular season with 27 games where they scored 8 runs or more. A lot of those contests ended early due to the mercy rule.

The district and state tournament is a different beast because games go nine innings instead of the usual seven.

"We played a lot of doubleheaders, so I think the guys are accustomed to long days," said head coach Bryan Frew. "It's obviously a little different without that break in between. These guys are obviously not professional baseball players but as much as high school players can go about going to work and getting the job done, they have that ability."

Grand Island begins in the A6 bracket on Friday at 1:00 p.m. in South Sioux City. They play the no. 6 seed, Norfolk. Home Federal owns a 4-0 record against Norfolk this season, winning those games by a combined 53-14 tally.

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