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Ninnekah's Bryce Sullivan slides at second base in Thursday's win over Riverside Indian School in Verden.

VERDEN — The opening day of Verden’s baseball tournament took place Thursday.

Two area teams ended up winning their opening games. The Ninnekah Owls and Verden Tigers both advanced to Friday’s semifinal games after winning their games in the first round of the tournament.

In a back-and-forth tournament opener, Ninnekah ended up getting past Riverside Indian School 8-4 to advance to the semifinals.

Ninnekah trailed by scores of 1-0 and 3-2 but still managed to pick up the victory over the Braves.

After falling behind 1-0, Ninnekah took a 2-1 advantage. Continuing the back-and-forth game in the top of the third inning, Riverside tied the game at two runs apiece with an RBI single.

The Braves eventually added another run in the inning, but their second lead of the game did not last long.

The Owls were able to come up with a response in the bottom half of the third. The Owls took the lead for good on back-to-back RBI singles.

Bryce Sullivan’s single tied the game at three runs apiece, and Kyle Worbes drove in the go-ahead run for the Owls right after Sullivan tied the game.

Ninnekah pulled away with four runs in the fourth inning.

The Owls are scheduled to play Santa Fe South on Friday at 4 p.m.

The Verden Tigers faced Cement in their first game of the tournament. Verden advanced to the semifinals with a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs.

The Tigers are scheduled to play Agra on Friday at 6 p.m.

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