By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Few starts on the mound have gone better than Chad Nack’s performance Thursday.
The right-handed hurler dominated the A’s, only alowing three hits in seven innings while striking out 12.
When coach Brandon Kitch pulled Nack off the mound in the top of the eighth inning, the Bee Jays wee comfortably ahead 11-0.
The bullpen gave up six runs in the eighth, but Nack had provided a solid cushion, and Liberal cruised to the Jayhawk League victory.
“I felt really good about it,” Nack said about his performance. “We did really well. Scoring 11 runs in seven innings is pretty good. We started hitting and pitching well.”
That combination has been tough recently. The Bee Jays have either struggled with starting pitching, or when the starter did well, the bats faltered.
Everything was working Thursday.
For Nack, he was also in command of his location.
“Spotting up helps you a lot,” he said. “Your second and third pitch is key, but spotting up was the big key.”
Nack started in front of a crowd estimated at around 2,500.
“Having a lot of fans helps the team,” he said. “You start doing a little better. The first inning is always a little rough — nervous jitters — then it becomes pretty normal.”
The combination of hitting and pitching had Nack confident about the rest of the season.
“We take it game by game,” he said. “Take the starting pitcher, relief and bullpen, couple that with hitters, and we will be in first place by no time.”