KEARNEY — Scottsbluff had no chance against Kearney Runza on Thursday night.
Kearney’s pitchers limited Scottsbluff’s offense while the Runza hitters scored run after run to sweep the doubleheader at Memorial Field. Kearney won the first game 8-1 and the second game 9-1 in five innings.
“We got done what we wanted to get done,” Kearney coach Brad Archer said. “Scottsbluff is a district foe so we wanted to make sure we took care of business from that standpoint. We got out of this like we wanted to.”
In the first game, Kearney scored two runs in the third and fourth innings and four runs in the sixth.
Kearney nearly run-ruled Scottsbluff in the first game.
In the sixth inning with a 4-1 lead, Kearney brought 10 batters to the plate. Putting two runners on to begin the inning, Will Richter laid a bunt down the third-base line. Scottsbluff third baseman Hunter McCollum committed a throwing error on the play, scoring Seth Stroh and Sam Engberg.
Later in the inning, Trey Rodriguez delivered a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Stroh stepped to the plate with Kearney needing one run for the eight-run run-rule. He popped out to shortstop to end the rally, though.
Kearney right-handed pitcher Jaxon Worley retired the Scottsbluff hitters in order in the seventh to throw a complete game. He allowed one unearned run on four hits and two walks. He also struck out three batters.
It was an improvement from his last outing when he surrendered 10 runs in four innings against Millard West on Friday.
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“For him to bounce back and have a good outing — from the standpoint of him throwing strikes and getting his breaking ball over — was good to see,” Archer said.
In the second game, Kearney’s offense started strong. After scoring one run in the first, Kearney posted four runs in the second. Rodriguez hit a three-run home run to left field, and Mason Casper crushed a home run over the left-center field wall in the second.
Kearney added four runs in the fifth. Corbin Foster sent a line-drive single to center field to score Tyler Schirmer and Nolan Eatherton to end the run-rule game against Scottsbluff.
Kearney used three pitchers in the second game in hopes of preserving its arms for this weekend.
Noah Carpenter threw two scoreless innings to begin the game. Richter was the first reliever used, allowing one unearned run in one inning, and Engberg closed the game out, throwing the final two innings.
“I thought we hit the ball well tonight in both games,” Archer said. “In the second game, we were able to get some things going with a couple of long balls.”
Jersey’s 14, Aurora 6
AURORA — In an almost instant replay, Kearney Jersey’s Seniors knocked off Aurora 14-6 Thursday night in Aurora.
The two teams played Wednesday in Kearney with Jersey’s winning 15-5.
On the road, Jersey’s jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two innings. Aurora scored five in the third and added one more in the fourth to make it interesting for a while, but Jersey’s scored five in the sixth to end the suspense.
Dylan Burkey pitched the first five innings for Kearney, striking out six while allowing just one earned run. Ryan Clark pitched the sixth, striking out two, as the game ended under the 8-run mercy rule.
At the plate, Kaden Bonner was 2 for 4, driving in three runs and scoring three runs. He also had a double.
Anthony Becker went 2 for 2 with two RBI and scored three times. Alex Hunt added two hits and Pat Blake had a double and three RBIs.
With the victory, Jersey’s evened its record at 6-6.