A-1, at Millard West
Lincoln East 2, Millard West 1
For the second time in two weeks, senior pitcher Connor Vidlock pitched Lincoln East past second-ranked Millard West.
But Monday night’s 2-1 win in the A-1 district final was even bigger, sending the 10th-ranked Spartans to the state baseball tournament for the second time in three years.
"Our kid threw really well," Lincoln East coach Mike Sterns said. "He’s pitched two games against them and hasn’t allowed an earned run."
Despite the home loss, the second-ranked Wildcats should nab one of the two available wild-card berths to the state tourney that begins Saturday. Official tournament pairings will be released Tuesday by the Nebraska School Activities Association.
The Spartans, who defeated Millard West 4-0 in the Don Kraft/Millard South Invitational on April 26, rallied from a 1-0 deficit Monday night to take the lead in the third inning. Tahner Pinkman had an RBI double and Harrison Duncan followed with a run-scoring single.
That proved to be enough offense for Vidlock, who allowed four hits in six innings. Jake Hohensee pitched the seventh to get the save.
Kansas State recruit Nate Griep (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Wildcats.
"It’s a really special feeling going back to state," Sterns said. "We challenged our guys and they responded."
A-2, at Omaha Creighton Prep
Prep 12, Lincoln Southeast 1
Kevin Connolly blasted a pair of two-run homers as the top-ranked Junior Jays rolled past the Knights in five innings. Prep earned its 34th trip to state and will be seeking its ninth state title.
A-3, at Omaha Westside
Westside 9, Omaha Burke 4
Brett Murray and David Badalucco belted home runs and Malcolm Willett earned the victory for the Warriors, who will head to state for the 31st time. Westside will be seeking its sixth title and first since 2009.
A-5, at Fricke Field
Lincoln Northeast 6, Papillion-La Vista 3
Jordan Schroer tossed a four-hitter and had four hits to lead the Rockets to their second state tournament berth in the past three years. Schroer had two singles, a double and a triple and finished with four RBIs against the host Monarchs.
A-6, at Sherman Field (Lincoln)
Lincoln Southwest 7, Millard South 4
Danny Suiter and Dylan Exstrom belted home runs and Brayden Young netted the victory for the Silver Hawks, who will head to state for the third time. The Patriots should be in line to grab the final wild card to the Class A state tourney when official pairings are released Tuesday.
B-1, at Norris
Norris 14, Ralston 3
The Titans pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of seven errors to earn their fourth trip to state. Norris led 5-1 after three innings and 10-2 after five, ending the season for the Rams.
B-2, at Den Hartog Field (Lincoln)
Lincoln Pius X 9, Beatrice 4
The Thunderbolts, ranked second in Class B, took the lead for good with a four-run third inning. Fletcher Zornes got the win for Pius, which qualified for state for the 13th time.
B-3, at Omaha Skutt
Skutt 8, Omaha Roncalli 2
Creighton recruit Matt Warren improved his record to 8-0 as the SkyHawks rolled past the Crimson Pride. Skutt, ranked No. 1 in Class B, will make its seventh state tourney appearance in search of its first championship.
B-4, at South Sioux City
S. Sioux City 11, Omaha Gross 2
Creighton recruit Austin Groth tossed a five-hitter and the Cardinals pounded out 15 hits to earn their second trip to state in three years.
B-5, at Seward
Waverly 11, Seward 0
The Vikings earned their first trip to state, defeating the Bluejays in a game shortened to six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
B-6, at Wahoo
Wahoo 8, Elkhorn 6
Wahoo, which co-ops with Raymond Central and Lincoln Lutheran, earned its trip to state by defeating the defending state runner-up Antlers. Elkhorn also should reach state as one of two unofficial wild cards.