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No. 8 Kearney baseball falls in Class A State Tournament, season still alive

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Published: May. 13, 2022 at 10:53 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - The first round of the Class A State baseball tournament began Friday at Werner Park in Omaha. No. 8 Kearney competed against top-seeded Millard West.

It was a pitchers dual for most of the game, but the Wildcats had more offense and came away with a 3-0 win to advance to the Class A Quarterfinals.

“We knew coming in this was going to be an obstacle to climb,” Kearney coach Brad Archer said. “Millard West, they probably have the best pitching staff in the state. And that was the first fear, how many runs we could score, but give them a lot of credit. They’re a great team. I think our pitcher (Brayden Andersen) held his own, gave us every opportunity to win.”

Despite the loss, the Bearcats’ season is not over yet. They will play in the loser’s bracket Monday against No. 5 Elkhorn South, who lost 10-0 to fourth-seed Lincoln East Thursday.

“We play a great schedule during the year and we play a lot of the better teams in the state of Nebraska,” Archer said. “It’s a matter of putting some more things together offensively. That’s what went wrong today. I think we only had two hits. This is double elimination and so we still have an opportunity to come back on Monday and if we can pick up a win there then we’ll be right back in the middle of things.”

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