State tourney bound for the 14th consecutive year, Kearney Runza has made this season another one for the memory books, closing out nine of their last 11 games with wins, while capturing their 13th straight area title.
One of the biggest drives behind the boys success has been their deep batting line–up, helping the team close out four of their last five games scoring double digits in runs.
The most recent coming in the area seven championship, where Runza managed to overcome a three–run deficit, cruising in eight runners in the first four innings to eventually edge Five Points Bank 11–9.
Now as coach Archer gears up his team for their opening game against Omaha Burke, Runza has not shied away from their usual batting drills, expecting another high scoring game.
"We knew coming into this year we were going to have that capability because we have a veteran crew," head coach Archer said. "Quite a few kids coming back from last year, and with the kids at the top of the order we felt very comfortable that we were going to be strong offensively," Archer continued.
"Eric Pacheco has done a great job from the lead off spot and then as usual he's really come on at the end of the year as well, and then you have guys like Cole Staab, Zane Schmidt, Jared Wegner, and Thad Huber, and Corbin foster has had a great year with this being his first up at our level," Archer stated.
Runza takes on Burke in the first game of the National Division bracket this Saturday over in Columbia. First pitch scheduled for 10:00 a.m.