Omaha Westside wanted to win Wednesday at the state baseball tournament, but Millard South had to win.
That was the difference as the Patriots rolled to a 10-0 victory at Fricke Field. The win kept Millard South alive in the double-elimination tourney while the Warriors, the last tourney team to suffer a loss, still advance to the Class A championship game Thursday.
“I’d be lying if I said I saw something like this coming,” Patriots coach Greg Geary said. “But I knew our guys were ready to play today.”
Millard South advances to the state tourney semifinal against Papillion-La Vista at 10 a.m. Thursday at Werner Park. The winner of that game will play the Warriors at 12:30 p.m. for the title.
Wednesday’s game was a big turnaround for Westside, which scored eight runs in the first inning Tuesday night against Papillion-La Vista South in a 16-12 win. But the Warriors surrendered eight runs in the fourth inning against Millard South, which won in six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“We had a bunch of errors and just didn’t play well today,” Westside coach Bob Greco said. “Hopefully we play a lot better than this tomorrow.”
After three scoreless innings, the Patriots sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth. The inning started with singles by Anthony Cloyd and Jake Huscroft, and then Mitchell Kresnik reached safely when Westside pitcher Bryce McMullen threw high to third base.
An infield error, a two-run single by Jackson Bruckner, a squeeze bunt by Nate Mallot, an RBI single by Ryan DeVries and a bunt single by David Foley made the score 6-0. One out later, Huscroft tripled home two more runs to extend the lead to eight.
“We really got it going that inning,” Huscroft said. “It’s tough to come back from an inning like that.”
The Patriots added two in the sixth as Huscroft doubled in his third run of the game and Kresnik belted an RBI single to left.
Senior pitcher Matt Meiners was the recipient of all that offense, tossing a three-hit shutout.
“Matt did a great job out there,” Geary said. “He’s not going to overpower people with his velocity, but he was around the plate all day long.”
Millard South was on the other end of a lopsided score Monday, losing to Papillion-La Vista South 10-0. The Patriots beat Omaha North 14-3 on Tuesday night before defeating Westside.
“Coach got on us pretty bad after that loss,” Huscroft said. “We’ve come back and played with a lot more energy.”
Millard South (16-7)..............................000 800 2 -- 10 9 0
Om. Westside (24-6).............................000 000 0 -- 0 3 4
W: Meiners. L: McMullen. 2B: MS, Huscroft; OW, Frei. 3B: MS, Huscroft.
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