Karleigh Scott

Grand Island Senior High’s Kamdyn Barrientos returns to second base as Kearney High shortstop Karleigh Scott bobbles the ball during the second game of the teams’ doubleheader Thursday night at Patriot Park in Kearney.

KEARNEY — The Kearney High softball team finally found a way to win.

After losing 10 of their last 11, including six straight, the Bearcats saw a 5-2 lead slip away. Trailing 6-5 in the fifth inning Thursday, the Bearcats rallied.

Scoring three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth, Kearney came away with a 10-7 victory over Grand Island in the second game of a double-header at Patriot Park.

The Islanders (12-18) won the first game, 14-4.

With two out and two on in the fifth, Kearney’s Kari Struebing singled on a pop up to third base, scoring Sophie Junker to tie the game. Abby Heins followed with a single that brought home two.

Kearney (14-11) wasn’t without hits in the game. Struebing was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Heins, Lizzie Bean, Junker and Karleigh Scott had two hits each. Aurora Athy was 1 for 3 and drove in three runs.

Marisa Chamberlin was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game and scattering eight hits.

In the first game, already leading 7-3, Grand Island put the game away with a seven-run fifth inning.

For Kearney, Heins, Scott and Junker had two hits each. Heins had a double and a triple.

Tuesday, Kearney will return to Patriot Park for a doubleheader against Hastings.

Stars roll over Minden

MINDEN — Kearney Catholic plated 11 runs in the third inning Thursday and went on to beat Minden 15-2.

The Stars’ Payton Schirmer had two hits including a home run. Krista Lee and Liv Nore had two hits each including a double. Bralen Biddlecome and Carleigh Eurek added two hits each.

Biddlecome was the winning pitcher, striking out eight in four innings.

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