Tough call when a team scores 16 runs, but Omaha Westside’s Christian Hagan drove in three runs in the first two innings to get the Warriors rolling. Honorable mention to Jake Meyers and Matt Waldron (two RBIs each), Mitchell Hagan (three hits) and pitcher Brock Nemecek (five innings of relief to get the win).
THEY SAID IT
“You don’t win too many games when you give up eight runs in the first.”
— Papio South coach Bill Lynam
At Fricke Field
Omaha Westside (24-5) vs.Millard South (15-7), 4 p.m.: The Warriors, the lone unbeaten team left in Class A, have scored 32 runs in their three victories. Westside rode an eight-run first inning to victory Tuesday night against Papillion-La Vista South, though the Titans did close within three runs after three innings. The Patriots rebounded nicely from their 10-0 loss to Papio South on Monday with a 14-3 win over Omaha North on Tuesday. The teams met twice during the season, with Westside winning both.
Papillion-La Vista (14-10) vs. Papillion-La Vista South (22-3), 7 p.m.: The Monarchs bounced back following a tough one-run loss to Westside on Monday by blasting Lincoln Southwest 11-1 Tuesday. Papio has the advantage of playing on its home field, where it always plays tough. The top-ranked Titans were brought down to earth Tuesday by Westside, which rang up 16 runs in a winners bracket game. Papio South can’t commit seven errors, as it did against the Warriors, and expect good things to happen. The Monarchs defeated the Titans 4-2 earlier this season.
— Mike Patterson
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Jake Schleppenbach, Lincoln Pius X: Schleppenbach reached base in all four plate appearances during the Thunderbolts’ 9-2 win against Omaha Skutt, leaving Pius as the last unbeaten team in the Class B tournament. Schleppenbach drove in a run in the first with a double, then came around to score after drawing walks in the sixth and seventh innings.
Omaha Gross stayed alive in the tournament with a 2-1 win in 11 innings against Waverly at Sherman Field. The Cougars tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh before Cragin Missak came home on a wild pitch in the 11th to end the game. Missak, Gross’ top pitcher, also got the win in relief.
THEY SAID IT
“Coaches keep talking about grinding out, grinding out. It’s not by luck we’re here. We’re here for a reason. We’ve had to grind out the whole year, and we’re used to those types of ballgames. We’ve played close games all year. It’s nothing new for us.”
— Pius’ Schleppenbach on his team turning a 1-1 game in the sixth inning into a 9-2 victory
At Sherman Field
Lincoln Pius X (18-1) vs. Norris (23-2), 4 p.m.: This is a matchup of the top two seeds in Class B. A win by Pius moves the Thunderbolts back into the final to defend their 2012 state title. Norris needs a win to stay alive. Pius’ pitching has been outstanding in the state tournament, allowing four runs in 19 innings. The Titans’ offense awoke from its state slump in a 9-1 win against Omaha Roncalli on Tuesday.
Omaha Gross (11-8) vs. Omaha Skutt (16-7), 7 p.m.: Gross stayed alive with an 11-inning win against Waverly on Tuesday, but the Cougars don’t have much pitching depth. Skutt’s pitching fell apart in Tuesday’s loss to Pius when SkyHawk pitchers hit six batters and allowed five walks. The winner of this game may need to put up some runs to stay alive to play Thursday.
— Jeff Sheldon