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05/14/2016 - CLASS A BASEBALL: Lear's Hot Bat Helps Wildcats Blast Past Rockets

By Jeff Motz

Spencer Lear pulled off a rare feat Saturday morning in any level of baseball, hit a home run in each at bat.

The Millard West first baseman hit three round trippers to spark an offensive explosion and an 11-1, 5 inning Wildcat victory over Lincoln Northeast in the opening round of the Class A State Baseball Tournament at Sherman Field.

With the win, the Wildcats will play the winner of the Grand Island/Lincoln Southeast winner in the 4pm Monday game at Haymarket Park.  The Rockets have an elimination game at the same time Monday at Sherman Field with the loser between the Islanders and Knights.

Lear's first home run was a solo shot to left field with two out in the first inning.  After back to back walks, Millard West catcher Will Olson hit his first home run of the season with a three-run blast to left field for a 4-0 lead.  

Northeast (18-10) picked up a run in the second inning, after Caden Highsmith singled and advanced before scoring off a bunt single from Jacob Stewart.

Millard West (26-4) got a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, when Cole Stobbe reached on an error and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Peyton Barnes. Lear followed it up with a solo home run.

The Wildcats exploded for five more runs to put the game away in the third inning. With two out, Brandon McClintock singled ahead of Brenden Tauber, who was hit by a pitch.  Stobbe delivered a three-run homer, then Barnes doubled and Lear's final home run brought in two more runs to seal the win.

The Rockets managed to load the bases up in the fourth with Caden Highsmith hit by a pitch, then Tom Burbach and Stewart each singled before a strikeout and ground out were recorded by Millard West pitcher Kyle Stevens.

Northeast pitchers Wyatt Divis and Donovan Speer combined to give up 11 runs and 11 hits in just three innings.  Stevens, the Wildcat ace, allowed only one run on five hits and struck out four Rocket batters.

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