The chilly weather Tuesday night didn’t seem to bother Omaha Burke pitcher Cade Flaherty.
The senior right-hander threw five strong innings and struck out eight to lead the host Bulldogs to a 5-1 win over Millard North. Burke moved to 4-1 while the Mustangs fell to 2-3.
“Cade was nails for us,’’ Bulldogs coach Scott Hodges said. “This is his second outing and he did a really nice job.’’
Hodges said he was pleasantly surprised by Flaherty’s performance, which began when he struck out the side in the first.
“Even watching him warm up I wasn’t sure how much he was going to give us,’’ the coach said. “But for him to throw five innings was huge.’’
Flaherty allowed three hits, with two coming in the fifth when Millard North scored its only run. He left after walking the leadoff batter in the sixth, and reliever Cole Warner went the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs scored single runs in the second and fourth before breaking the game open with a three-run fifth. Noah Olson led the attack with a double and an RBI triple.
“Noah is really motivated this season,’’ Hodges said. “He works hard to make himself better.’’
An RBI single by Aaron Klenda put Burke ahead in the second, and a run-scoring single by Alex Wize made it 2-0 in the fourth.
After the Mustangs scored on an outfield error, the eighth-ranked Bulldogs put up a three-spot in the fifth. Olson and Colin Campin had RBIs, and Olson scored on a passed ball.
Warner allowed just a bad-hop infield single in the sixth and pitched around a leadoff walk in the seventh.
Hodges has a veteran team — 19 seniors — but added that’s deceptive. Several played on the junior varsity last year.
“We’ve got some new faces,’’ he said. “It’s early, but I like the way we’re playing.’’
Millard North coach Dave Cork said his team needs to generate more offense.
“You’re not going to score many runs with just a few hits,’’ he said. “I thought our pitching gave us a chance, but we need to hit the ball.’’
Every Mustangs starter except for Drake Donahoe and Matt Goetzmann fanned against Flaherty.
It was the third straight loss for ninth-ranked Millard North, which opened the season with a doubleheader win over Lincoln North Star.
“The weather has been disruptive, but it’s been that way for everybody,’’ Cork said. “It’s hard to get into a rhythm, so hopefully we’ll start seeing some more sunshine.’’
Millard North (2-3)..............000 010 0—1 4 1
At Omaha Burke (4-1)..........010 130 x—5 7 2
W: Flaherty. L: Gradoville. 2B: OB, Schneidewind, Olson. 3B: OB, Olson.
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