As far as big innings go, Omaha Westside had a monster Saturday against Millard North.
The third-ranked Warriors sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and plated nine runs en route to an 11-0 win over the second-ranked Mustangs. Westside boosted its record to 7-2 while Millard North fell to 4-2.
“We got whooped,” Mustangs coach Dave Cork said. “We just couldn’t get them out three times in that inning.”
The Warriors jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Millard North starter Brad Olsen. Devin Stueck had an RBI single and eventually came around to score on a passed ball.
The score stayed that way until the top of the fourth inning, which lasted almost an hour. It included five extra-base hits by the Warriors and two pitching changes by the Mustangs.
With one on and one out, Mitch Hagan drilled an RBI triple to right. Mike Waldron and Brady Novak both doubled, and Matt Waldron then lined a two-run single to center.
Jake Meyers and Stueck each delivered RBI doubles off reliever Tommy West, which was followed by a walk and a hit batsman. Singles by Will Frei and Hagan, and an RBI walk by Novak helped contribute to the nine-run uprising.
“We hadn’t hit the ball well this season until that inning,” Westside coach Bob Greco said. “We could make excuses because of the cold, but we definitely swung the bats better today.”
That was more than enough offense for Warriors starter Meyers, who tossed a complete-game five hitter. He struck out seven and worked out of a minor jam in the final inning, getting Jack Wilson to ground out to second baseman Will Patterson for the final out.
The 10-run mercy rule was invoked and the game ended after five innings.
“Jake was a little wild today, but he always competes well,” Greco said. “It’s pretty early for the pitchers, too. But it was nice to get a win today.”
Cork credited Meyers with working out of trouble in the early innings.
“We had some guys on in the first and second innings, but we couldn’t get them home,” he said. “He had good location and did a nice job of changing his speeds.”
Westside returns to action Monday against Omaha Benson, while the Mustangs’ next game is Tuesday against Omaha Central.
Omaha Westside (7-2) ........................... 200 90—11 10 0
Millard North (4-2) ........................... 000 00— 0 5 0
W: Meyers. L: Olsen. 2B: OW, Stueck 2, Mike Waldron, Novak, Meyers. 3B: OW, M. Hagan.
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