Baseball

OMAHA — The Kearney Bearcats baseball team split a doubleheader with Omaha Creighton Prep on Thursday, losing the first game 7-3 but winning the second game 7-4.

In the first game, the Junior Jays rallied for three runs in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and pull ahead for good.

Kearney out-hit Creighton Prep 7-6 but was plagued by three errors. Brayden Miller was 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Layne Shiers and Corbin Foster also had two hits each, giving the top three batters in the order six of the seven hits.

Mason Casper took the loss, allowing six hits in five innings. He struck out nine and walked three. Seth Stroh pitched one inning of scoreless relief.

In the second game, Kearney rallied in the middle innings to pull away for the 7-4 win. This time it was the middle of the order providing the firepower with eight of the 11 hits. They also had four of the five RBIs the Bearcats collected.

Casper, batting fourth, was 3 for 3 with a double. Korbin Rich, hitting fifth, was 2 for 4. Jaxon Worley, batting sixth, had a double and Seth Stroh, hitting seventh, was 2 for 4.

Noah Carpenter claimed the pitching victory going 6 2/3 innings, striking out three. Chandler Welker got the save, getting the lat out on a strikeout.

Kearney (10-7) is back in action Saturday, playing a double dual in Norfolk with Omaha South and Norfolk. The Bearcats are back at home Tuesday, facing Bellevue East.