KEARNEY -- When the bats went silent so did Kearney High’s hopes of a doubleheader sweep.
Playing on Senior Night at Harvey Park, the Bearcats pounded the ball en route to an 11-7 victory in the first game Thursday evening, but couldn’t solved McCook pitcher Courtney Bradley in the second game, losing 5-0.
Sydney Omtvedt’s three-run homer in the sixth gave Kearney a 10-5 lead, highlighting the victory in the first game of the doubleheader.
“Sydney Omtvedt, her goal was to hit one out on her last night and she actually did. That was cool,” Kearney coach Natalie Madsen said.
Omtvedt went 2 for 4, while Brenna Petersen was 3 for 3. Sami Cromer’s two-run single in the fourth gave Kearney (9-20) a 7-4 lead.
Kelsey Wiemers pitched a complete game, striking out six and giving up six hits.
“Tonight there was that little extra bonus ¾ it was Senior Night and I think they came ready to play,” Madsen said. “I told them, when they come ready to play and win, then they’ll win.
“We played at the level I know they can play.”
But in the second game, Bradley shut out the Bearcats on four hits.
“For some reason, she gave us problems,” Madsen said. “We had a game plan going in, we just didn’t execute … which is a little disappointing because we weren’t able to make the adjustments when we needed to.”
Bradley walked three and struck out six. Only one Kearney baserunner got past second base, and Kearney never had more than one hit in an inning.
“If you don’t string some hits together, you’re not going to score,” Madsen said. “If you don’t score runs, you can’t win ballgames.”
McCook (14-14) had nine hits ¾ two each by Maddie Elder and Alaini Priebe. Elder had the only extra-base hit, a double.
Kearney and McCook will play in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament Saturday at Columbus.