Kearney pitcher Thad Huber threw a no-hitter on Tuesday against the North Platte First National Bank Seniors to help his team win 8-0."I didn't think Jayden pitched terribly and our at bats weren't terrible," Seniors coach Jason Pflughaupt said. "We just couldn't get any momentum or a big hit and they capitalized on everything we didn't do right."
The game was scoreless for the first three innings with North Platte pitcher Jayden Kruse matching Huber. But in the fourth inning, Kearney scored the first run when Huber executed a squeeze play and Ben Dinkel beat Kruse's flip back to the plate.
Cole Staab then hit a triple to right-center field to make it 2-0. Kearney finished the inning by scoring another run on a sacrifice by Nate Berg.
"Jayden got a little tired and he missed a couple of spots," Pflughaupt said. "They got the leadoff runner on. Kearney can hit and they hit pitches that missed their spot."
In the fifth inning, Kearney resumed the scoring when Ryan Koski then hit one up the middle. Shortstop Braiden Ruffin flipped the ball to Konner Sonneman for the out at second base. But Sonneman's throw to first for the double play was off line and two more runs scored on the error.
Kearney then scored again later in the inning on a wild pitch by Kruse.
In the sixth inning, Kruse was relieved by Benny Brockmoller and Kearney quickly scored two more runs to end the game early via the run rule.
The North Platte Seniors are 6-3 on the season after sweeping Norfolk on May 28 and dropping two against Grand Island the day before.