Coach Bob Greco has watched his team string together big innings throughout the spring.
On Saturday, one of those big innings propelled the Warriors to a first-round win at the Class A state baseball tournament.
Westside scored six times in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to defeat Omaha North 7-4 at Werner Park.
“There's been quite a few times we've scored five, six runs in the inning,” Greco said. “It's lucky we have good pitching.”
Westside (22-5) also got solid pitching Saturday as sophomore Mike Waldron threw a six-hitter to improve to 5-2.
“He kept us off-balance all day,” North coach Mike Greene-Walsh said.
Waldron retired the first nine batters he faced before North (12-6), which is making its first state appearance since 1964, grabbed a 1-0 lead on Zach Martin's RBI single.
North could have tacked on more as Martin was at third base with no outs, but two strikeouts and a groundout kept it 1-0.
Westside then started the bottom of the fourth with five consecutive singles as it took the lead for good. Mitchell Hagan had a two-run single to put the Warriors ahead.
“We could have got more in the fourth. They were kind of able to seize the momentum right there,” Greene-Walsh said.
North had its chances to get back in the game. The Vikings opened the fifth with a pair of singles, but a 6-4-3 double play ended that threat. And the first five Vikings reached base in the sixth as they pulled within 6-4. But with the bases loaded and one out, the Warriors turned a 4-6-3 double play.
“Those were huge,” Waldron said. “Those double plays really saved us at the end.”
Christian Hagan led the Westside offense by going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Hagan had two singles in the fourth inning.
Both teams return to action at 7 p.m. Monday. Westside faces the Millard West-Papillion/La Vista winner at Werner Park, while North plays the West-Papio loser at Fricke Field.
Omaha North (12-6)..........................000 103 0 —4 6 2
Omaha Westside (22-5)......................000 601 x—7 9 0
W: Waldron, 5-2. L: Jensen, 3-1. 2B: OW, Hagan. 3B: ON, Martin.
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