NORTH PLATTE — Kearney High finished fifth Saturday at the North Platte Invitational.
The Bearcats went 2-1 in the tournament, bouncing back from a first-round loss to win the next two games.
In the first round, Kearney (7-11) lost to Lincoln North Star 6-4. Kaci Drahota had a two-run hit, but the Bearcats didn’t hit the ball as well as they had in a doubleheader loss to North Platte on Thursday when they had 27 hits. The Bearcat batters also struck out too often in key situations.
In the second round, Kearney edged Lexington 3-1. Drahota was the winning pitcher, striking out three and allowing three hits.
Neither team scored until the fourth inning. Sydney Omtvedt and Brittani Koster each went 2 for 3 to lead the offense.
In the third game, Kearney faced Alliance, which had just won its first game of the season. The Bulldogs won the coin flip and chose to bat first to take advantage of the momentum.
Alliance scored three in the top of the first and three in the top of the second, but Kearney erupted for 12 runs in the bottom of the second and went on to win 18-6.
“We were kind of on our heels. We definitely underestimated them,” Kearney coach Natalie Madsen said.
Kearney’s batters didn’t show discipline at the plate in the first inning, Madsen said, so the batters didn’t get the green light to swing until they had taken a strike. The result was six walks and two pitching changes in the second inning.
“When we saw strikes, we put it in play. We hit the ball like we did against North Platte,” Madsen said.
Kelsey Wiemers and Omtvedt had two hits each. Omtvedt had a double and an RBI.
Wiemers and Drahota combined to pitch the three-inning win.
The Bearcats are on the road Tuesday to play a doubleheader at Columbus.