Kearney Post 52 loaded the bases in the top half of the seventh inning and sent the go-ahead run to the plate, wrecking Johnson Imperial Homes’ pitcher Matt Krontz’s nerves and making head coach Blake Marquardt thankful he already cut his hair short before the game.
It was an anxious moment in the last inning for Hastings, as it led 4-1 in front of the biggest crowd all season Tuesday night at the newly-renovated Duncan Field.
But Krontz finished the inning unblemished, forcing a strikeout of Ryan Koski and getting Ben Dinkel to groundout for the final two outs and earn the complete game win.
“It was nuts, I guess. I’ve been waiting for this game,” said Krontz about being the starter on an historic night.