>> Sophomore Mike Waldron pitched Omaha Westside to victory in the championship game. He went the distance and struck out six in the 8-0 win. He also had two hits, including an RBI single in the first.
>> Warriors junior center fielder Devin Stueck also had a nice game, belting three hits. He reached base a fourth time when he was hit by a pitch.
Millard South shortstop Jake Huscroft and pitcher Nick Houston performed well. Huscroft had two hits in the championship game (and two in the earlier game against Papillion-La Vista) and Houston held the fort as much as possible by pitching six innings of relief against Westside.
Neither game was close Thursday as Millard South defeated Papio 12-2 to advance to the final, but then fell to Westside 8-0 in the championship. We’ll give the edge to the title game simply because it was the title game, but Millard South fans had little to cheer. It was all Westside as the Warriors avenged a 10-0 loss against the Patriots in a game played Wednesday night.
THEY SAID IT
“I’m really happy for the seniors because I get to come back and coach every year. This is a nice way for them to go out.”
– Longtime Westside coach Bob Greco, who guided the Warriors to victory in the Class A final.
– Mike Patterson
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>> Norris junior Jakson Reetz drove in four runs in a 9-2 win over Omaha Gross and then scored twice and drove in another against Lincoln Pius X. He pitched the final two innings in the championship game to save the 3-2 victory.
>> Norris’ Trey Hair doubled and scored twice against Omaha Gross before his hustle double to lead off the third inning against Pius sparked a two-run rally.
>> Pius pitcher Dan LeDuc kept the Thunderbolts close as he allowed five hits while pitching into the seventh inning. He struck out five, and 63 of his 87 pitches were strikes.
A year after Pius edged Norris 2-1 in the championship game, Norris pulled out a 3-2 win. Norris got outs when it needed them — Pius was 1 of 9 with runners in scoring position — as the Titans won their first state baseball title.
THEY SAID IT
“Our pitching staff has been phenomenal. We have confidence in everybody.”
– Norris coach Jason Cullison, whose team allowed a total of eight runs during six games at the state tournament.
– Gene Schinzel