Max Anderson did everything his Omaha RoncallI team asked of him and that helped put the Crimson Pride in the driver's seat at the Class B state baseball tournament.
Anderson came on to pitch in relief, gave up the go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh, drove in the tying runs in the bottom of the seventh, shut down Hastings the next three innings and then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning. That bunt sent Alex Rodgers, who singled, to second. Tommy Alitz then stroked a single to left field and Rodgers came in to score.
Top-ranked Omaha Roncalli beat No. 7 Hastings 11-10 and advanced to Wednesday's 4 p.m. game at Haymarket Park against Norris, which rallied for a 7-6 win over Omaha Skutt in eight innings. Hastings will take on Elkhorn, which held off Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran 3-2, at 7 p.m.
"The team asks a lot from me but I just do what I can. I don't put any pressure on myself," said Anderson. "Whatever situation there is, Coach is smart and knows what he's doing. He's going to tell me to lay down a bunt and I put down the best bunt I can.
"I'm relying on our fielders. That was a huge play Alex made (in the 10th). He's smooth."
Hastings had runners at second and third with two outs when Tyson Bonham hit a ball sharply to Rodgers, who gloved it deep in the hole. He made a one-bounce throw to first and Logan McGill snared it to end the threat.
"Max is one of our best hunters," Roncalli coach Jake Hoover said of Anderson, who had three hits and drove in four runs. "With Tommy coming up, there was no question what we would do.
"We're excited about the position we're in and hope we can finish it off."
Hoover said Anderson's contributions were expected.
"Max was outstanding for us. Tommy struggled a bit early and Rog (Rodgers) did a great job of keeping us there," Hoover said. "Max did a great job of keeping his wits about him when things went south."
Roncalli took a 6-0 lead in the second inning on just three hits, Anderson contributing the big blow with a two-run single.
But Hastings wasn't fazed, bouncing back with five runs in the third inning. The Tigers' Jacob Schroeder had a two-run single after run scoring hits by Sam Wibbels, Cameron Edwards and Tyson Bonham.
Roncalli got one back in the bottom of the inning when Alitz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Crimson Pride stretched the lead to 8-5 with another run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Alitz.
Hastings put up another five-spot in the seventh to take a 10-8 lead. Schroeder sent a run home with his second hit and then Josh Brooks plated another run with a single and the game was tied when Connor Laux hit into a fielder's choice. Wibbels put the Tigers on top for the first time with a double.
But Roncalli responded to send the game to extra innings. Anderson slapped a two-run single down the right field line, plating Creighton Silvain and Rodgers, who walked and singled, respectively.
Roncalli threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Ethan Tyrakoski singled, but Hastings' shortstop Laux turned in a defensive gem when he snared a line drive and doubled the runner off second to end the inning.
OMAHA RONCALLI 11, HASTINGS 10, 10 INNINGS
W--Anderson. L--Remmenga. 2B--HAS, Boeve 2, Wibbels.