Josh Kiger, Papillion-La Vista South: Kiger pitched five strong innings and struck out seven in a 10-0 win over Millard South. He also hurt the Patriots at the plate, driving in three runs with a double and a triple.
Matt Waldron, Omaha Westside: Waldron had a solid game in Omaha Westside’s 9-8 win over Papillion-La Vista. The sophomore picked up the win in relief and drove in three runs for the Warriors, who boosted their record to 23-5.
Omaha Westside 9, Papillion-La Vista 8: That’s an easy call, when one game was 10-0 and the other was 9-8. The Westside-Papio game wasn’t decided until the bottom of the seventh when Jake Meyers delivered a walk-off RBI single.
THEY SAID IT
“That was awesome. It just kept going.”
— Papio South’s Josh Kiger describing teammate Grant Suponchick’s home run, which disappeared over the 402-foot mark in dead center field.
WINNERS BRACKET MATCHUP
Papillion-La Vista South (22-2) vs. Omaha Westside (23-5), 7 p.m. Tuesday at Werner Park: The top-ranked Titans slipped past Lincoln Southwest in the first round before clobbering Millard South on Monday. The second-ranked Warriors beat Omaha North in Saturday’s opening round before outlasting the Monarchs in a slugfest Monday night. The teams split two previous games earlier this season.
– Mike Patterson
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Jacob Barton, Omaha Skutt: The SkyHawks’ ace dominated top-seed Norris, allowing two hits over eight innings. Barton didn’t give up a hit past the third inning and retired 16 of the last 17 batters.
Omaha Skutt 1, Norris 0, 8 innings: For the second straight game, Omaha Skutt found a clutch hit in extra innings. This time, senior center fielder Beau Litz singled home pinch runner Connor Pick.
THEY SAID IT
“They’ve heard all year how we’re not up there with those caliber teams and they wanted to prove themselves right that they could do this.”
— Omaha Skutt coach Shawn Exner on the fourth-seeded SkyHawks, who have won two straight extra-inning games to start the state tournament.
WINNERS BRACK MATCHUP
Omaha Skutt (16-6) vs. Lincoln Pius X (17-1), 7 p.m. Tuesday at Haymarket Park: This will be a rematch of an April 29 game Pius X won 11-1. Thunderbolts sophomore pitcher Nolan Hakel got the start in that game, and Pius X coach Troy Charf mentioned Hakel (2-0, 1.75) could start again Tuesday. Skutt has scratched out a pair of extra-inning wins in its first two state tournament games. The SkyHawks may turn to junior Mickey Bassett (3-1, 1.35) to start Tuesday.
– Jeff Sheldon