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Schanaman proud to represent Central Nebraska in Lincoln

Nebraska pitcher Shay Schanaman talks about baseball’s growth in Central Nebraska
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska baseball (11-4) is off to its best start since 2009 and Grand Island Senior High grad Shay Schanaman is making his presence felt against Big 10 lineups.

Schanaman had a career day Sunday against Minnesota, throwing 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. He got to do it in front of fans and his family.

“Being able to throw in front of my family but all of Husker Nation was... it was something special,” Schanaman said. “On top of it going out there and just shove was just awesome.”

Schanaman got his start in Hastings with the Brickyard Bombers and earned first team all-state honors in 2017 and 2018 with the Grand Island baseball team.

“That’s why I went to Grand Island was to play baseball,” he said. “I grew up in Doniphan. I went to Doniphan until the eighth grade and then went to Senior High to play baseball because they had that program. It was a lot of fun. There is memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life no matter what level I get to in terms of baseball. That’s where I started and that’s where I came from.”

In just the last four years Hastings, Adams Central and Kearney added high school baseball teams. So, it is safe to say the sport is still growing in the area and that is the message he wants to share.

“There is a lot of talent out there to be seen,” he said. “I just want to pass that word along because I came out there and I don’t want to be written off just being from Western Nebraska but it’s awesome that you know there’s teams growing and I’m just lucky to be a part you know I wasn’t the start but just build off that and grow. Grow the program and grow the game of baseball.”

From Duncan Field to Haymarket Park, the kid from Doniphan showed the state what he had last Sunday.

“It was special doing it in a Husker uniform but I feel like I’ve been doing it my whole life,” he said. “You’re never as good as people say you are and you’re never as bad as people say you are. So, you’re right there in between so I got to keep trending up and keep a level head and continue to put in the work.”

Schanaman and the Huskers travel to Champaign to play Illinois for a three-game series this weekend. First pitch for tomorrow’s game set for 6 p.m.

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