Sodbusters build with local talent

Hastings Native and Sodbusters pitcher Vinny Schmidt celebrating after striking out the final batter to end the top of the first. (KHGI)

Rounding out the third week of the season, the Hastings Sodbusters have now pretty much hit their full roster count bringing back many familiar names who started their baseball careers right here in central Nebraska.

Among them is Hastings Bronco Vinney Schmidt who's no stranger to playing at Duncan Field, still taking the mound by storm repping the white and yellow, throwing eight strikeouts Wednesday night against the Spearfish.

Another team weapon on the hill has been Grand Island Native Trey Kissack, recording 18 strikeouts in only two games. He sits top 10 in league standings.

Then behind home plate, former Kearney Runza star Breyden Eckhout, playing only three games has already earned a pair of RBI's off of seven hits.

"It's got the home town feeling being part of the Tri–City area growing up in these parts of Nebraska," Kissack said. "Every games electric you know, having local people in the area from my home town coming out is awesome," Kissack continued.

"I never thought I'd be back in this area playing baseball again," Eckhout stated. "So it's a neat experience, my family can come watch me a little more often and it's just a really neat thing they got going on here."

"A lot of these local guys I've known for a long time playing against them in high school," Schmidt explained. "But now at we've had the chance to play with each other the chemistry has shot off from there and it's actually been really easy to get to know each other," Schmidt continued.

The Sodbusters just took a 2–1 series win against the Spearfish Sasquatch, and now travel on the road for a three game series against the Casper Horseheads.

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