Despite a handful of days off following a disappointing one-run loss to Blair, the Papillion-La Vista South Titans bounced back in a major way, beating Millard Sox Black by four runs on Tuesday, June 29.
After falling one run shy in their bottom of the seventh comeback against Blair, the Titans were able to enjoy a few days off before their game against the Millard Sox Black. Of course, after a gut-wrenching loss, one can imagine those off days were filled with intense practices and long batting cage sessions.
Whatever Papillion-La Vista South did over the course of those five days off seemed to work just fine. Despite going down 3-0 to Millard Sox Black in the bottom of the third, the Titans prevailed by scoring runs in the last four innings to close out the Sox.
A huge five-run sixth inning is what vaulted the Titans to victory. Austin DenHoed, Austin Sides, Jackson Horn and Trent Brehm all had two hits on the day to lead Papillion-La Vista South in hits. Brayden Curtis got the starting nod on the mound as he threw for a complete six innings and allowed only one earned run on three hits alongside eight strikeouts.
The Titans then had to turn around and face a scrappy Omaha North team on Thursday, July 1 for their first game in the month of July. Papillion-La Vista South jumped to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first behind Jackson Trout’s single for an RBI to start things off. PLVS cruised to a five inning, 11-0, shutout victory behind Cole Drumheller’s complete game with zero earned runs on two hits alongside five Ks.
Papillion-La Vista South will begin their holiday weekend with a matchup against the cross-town rival Papillion Monarchs today, followed by a doubleheader against Hastings on Saturday. The rest of their week will consist of games against Elkhorn on Tuesday, with yet another doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, against Millard South.
These games were played after the Papillion Times’ early holiday print deadline, but look for online coverage next week.