Published Thursday, May 16, 2013 AT 12:55 AM / Updated at 12:55 AM
Highlights from Wednesday’s state baseball games
Nebraska Prep Zone Omaha World-Herald

CLASS A

TOP PERFORMERS
Pitcher Matt Meiners tossed a three-hitter and Jake Huscroft drove in three runs in Millard South’s 10-0 win over Omaha Westside. Anthony Cloyd scored three runs and Jackson Bruckner had a pair of RBIs in the eight-run fourth inning that broke the game open.
Justin Gassert went the distance for Papillion-La Vista, scattering eight hits and striking out seven in a 2-1 win over Papillion-La Vista South. Landen Weisbeck had the big blow in the game with a two-run homer in the first inning, and shortstop Grant Van Scoy made an alert defensive play in the seventh inning to prevent the tying run from scoring.

BEST GAME
That’s an easy one. After Millard South’s 10-0 win over Westside, the battle of Papillion took place in front of an estimated 800 at Fricke Field. The game was close throughout and wasn’t decided until Gassert notched his seventh strikeout to end it, saving the 2-1 victory.

THEY SAID IT
“That was big time. Those guys have basically owned us, so it felt really good to win this game.”
Papillion-La Vista coach Nate McCabe, following the Monarchs’ 2-1 win over crosstown rival Papio South

THURSDAY MATCHUPS
At Werner Park
Millard South (16-7) vs. Papillion-La Vista (15-10), 10 a.m.: The Patriots have bounced back nicely from a 10-0 beatdown against Papio South on Monday, defeating Omaha North 14-3 and Westside 10-0 to stay alive. The Monarchs lost 9-8 against Westside on Monday but also have kept their title hopes alive with a win over Lincoln Southwest (11-1) and a cliffhanger against Papio South (2-1). Millard South defeated Papio 10-8 earlier this season.
Semifinal winner vs. Omaha Westside (24-6), 12:30 p.m.: As the last team in the tourney without a loss, the Warriors automatically advanced to the title game. Westside didn’t bring its “A” game Wednesday against Millard South, suffering its most lopsided loss of the season (10-0) against the Patriots. But the Warriors should have their top pitchers rested and ready, and they can just watch Millard South and Papio battle it out for the right to play for the championship. The Patriots and Monarchs will be happy to know that the past two Class A state titles have been won by teams that were able to win twice on the final day — Papio South in 2011 and Omaha Creighton Prep in 2012.

— Mike Patterson

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CLASS B

TOP PERFORMER
Zach Knicky, Gross’ top hitter with a .362 average, paced the Cougars on Wednesday with four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored against Skutt. Knicky singled in a run in the first and added an RBI triple in the fifth to break a 3-3 tie.

BEST GAME
Omaha Gross’ payback tour continued with a 6-3 win over Omaha Skutt in an elimination game at Sherman Field. The Cougars ended the Skyhawks’ season and avenged an 8-0 win by Skutt in the regular season. Gross, which batted about .250 as a team during the regular season, had 13 hits and put baserunners on in every inning. The Cougars now try to pay back an even bigger loss against Norris on Thursday morning. Norris beat Gross 14-0 in district play.

THEY SAID IT
“Our kids are focused. I’m very proud of what they’ve done. We’ve got to play some more tomorrow. I don’t want to toot the horn, but I’m extremely pleased we made the final day. It’s a tribute to our kids.”
— Omaha Gross coach Mike Filipowicz, on his team advancing to the final day of the state tournament after a 9-7 regular season

THURSDAY MATCHUPS
At Haymarket Park
Norris (24-2) vs. Omaha Gross (12-8), 10 a.m.: This rematch of a district game, which Norris won 14-0, will determine who will play Lincoln Pius X in the afternoon for the Class B title. Norris likely will throw top pitcher Byron Hood, a Nebraska recruit, and the Titans’ offense appears to have awakened. Norris has won its past two games by a combined score of 17-2. Gross could pitch its top hurler, Cragin Missak, in its upset attempt.
Semifinal winner vs. Lincoln Pius X (18-2), 1 p.m.: The Thunderbolts have to be considered the favorite, having only to win one game Thursday, and they will try to do so with the deepest pitching staff in the tournament. Sophomore Dan Le Duc last pitched on Saturday, but senior Tom Schneider threw only 24 pitches in Monday’s win against Gross, so he may be the most fresh. Pius will try to shake off its first loss of the tournament, an 8-1 defeat to Norris on Wednesday.

— Jeff Sheldon

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