Kearney baseball hits stride with younger talent

Senior Grant Hibbs unleashes a pitch toward home plate in a Kearney game earlier this year.

KEARNEY — Bulldogs baseball coach Shane Remley praised his younger talent as the baseball season came to a close. Despite losing seven seniors to graduation, Remley will have students step up, including a five sophomores and three freshmen.

Three of the seniors earned all-conference honors: Chase Crockett, Jason Jakubec and Luke Vickery. Other seniors rounding out the leadership were Justin Sykes, Mickey Distefano, Clayton Burgess and Grant Hibbs.

“I also had some juniors like Grant Nicholson who stood up each week,” Remley said. “Grant pitched a perfect game where no one reached base. He had something like 15 strikeouts.”

The team got further into districts than before, but met up with Liberty North in the semifinals.

“We technically made it one game further,” the coach said. “Again, I am glad that we had several underclassmen step up. My juniors and sophomores played a lot. They have a bright future. I’m glad that younger kids can step in. These guys are leaders across the board.”

During the summer, most of the players are part of some sort of summer ball team. They also play other varsity sports too.

“We have weights and agility training three days a week with some baseball twice a week,” Remley said.

The season for the Kearney Bulldogs baseball was 19-12 overall.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at or 389-6630.

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