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Kernels baseball stays alive at State with upset over top-seed Norris

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Published: May. 16, 2022 at 5:23 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - No. 4 Central City/Fullerton/Centura baseball and top-seeded Norris both lost their first round games in the Class B State Tournament at the end of last week.

So, the two faced off against one another in the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament Monday morning at Tal Anderson Field in Omaha.

The Kernels were able to pull off the impressive 7-4 upset to advance at State.

“Not many people outside of central Nebraska even gave us a shot to compete down here and to knock off the No. 1 seed,” Kernels coach Brandon Detlefsen said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of our guys. That’s huge. Knocking off the No. 1 team is always great. We’re just excited because last year, I was telling people, we got destroyed in the first round and came back and won the second round. This group never gives up and they’re competitors. We had some games this year where we could have lost and they just keep fighting over and over and over. It’s just fun to have this team competing all year round.”

“It feels great,” added Kernels pitcher Carter Noakes. “Beat Norris, it’s pretty impressive. We hit the ball pretty good today and just proud of my team. We’ve got a lot of grit. We knew today we had to come out battling and we battled and won. We’re super excited. We’re excited for tomorrow and we hope to get a [win] tomorrow.”>

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