GRAND ISLAND — Kearney’s Mason Casper nearly threw a complete game Friday afternoon.
The right-handed hurler exited the Bearcats’ contest against Grand Island with two outs in the seventh inning. He had a quality outing, though, and the Bearcats extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory in Grand Island.
Casper allowed two runs (one earned), five hits and one walk while striking out 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings.
After the leadoff base runner reached on an error by third baseman Layne Shiers, Casper retired the next two batters in the seventh inning. Casper induced a ground ball but committed an error to keep the inning alive for Grand Island (15-8).
With the tying run at the plate, coach Brad Archer pulled Casper in favor of Chandler Welker, who recorded the final out without allowing a run to score.
The Bearcats (14-7) tallied five hits off Grand Island starting pitcher Noah Halsey. But they capitalized on their opportunities, scoring two runs in the second and third innings before tacking on a run in the fourth.
Jaxon Worley recorded three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs to lead the Bearcats’ offense.
The Bearcats have a quick turnaround, as they face Lincoln Southwest at noon today (Saturday) at Den Hartog Baseball Field.