Millard West showed more than enough of everything to take an 11-0 victory over Millard South on Wednesday night at Haymarket Park in a Class A winner's bracket final in the state baseball tournament.
No. 2 Millard West (26-5) will play in a 9 a.m. Thursday game at Haymarket Park against No. 3 Creighton Prep. No. 6 Millard South (25-6) faces Archbishop Bergan in a noon elimination game.
"We had pitching, defense and, finally, a lot of offense tonight," said Millard West coach Steve Frey, whose team beat Prep 1-0 in 10 innings Saturday and beat Bergan 2-0 Tuesday.
"Not giving up a run this tournament is so energizing for a pitcher," said Wildcat sophomore Corbyn Hawkins, who allowed just two hits in the game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. "We put the ball in play and Max just smacked the ball."
Max Anderson hit a two-run home run in the first inning over the left-field fence. Tuesday he hit an inside-the-park home run.
"Over the fence is a lot easier — you just trot," said Anderson, who has 10 home runs this year. "I kind of expected a curve when he (Tre Mungin) missed with a fastball high on the first pitch."
Millard West, a seven-time runner-up but never champion, added two more runs in the first inning. The Wildcats scored seven runs on four hits, including two infield hits and two batters hit by pitch with bases loaded.
"This was one of our best games of the year," said Anderson. "No runs in the state tournament is pretty good. We worked hard on our defense and our pitching has been great."
Frey said his team worked hard on hitting during practices between games.
"We did some different drills and tried to stay on balance on off-speed pitches," he said. "We knew our hitting would come around."
Millard West struggled late in the season, losing to Kearney, Elkhorn South, Bellevue East and Millard South in the final six games of the regular season.
Hawkins, who missed three weeks of the season after he was injured at first base, struck out six and allowed just two two-out hits in the first inning.
"That's pretty good for a sophomore, but he's capable of getting guys out and staying steady," Frey said.
Archbishop Bergan 2, Kearney 1: Brody Sintek carried Archbishop Bergan to a 2-1 victory over Kearney (18-10) in a consolation game of the Class A state baseball tournament at Sherman Field. The Knights (16-5) struggled to score in the early going, but Sintek showed his full arsenal, allowing just one run and three hits over seven innings while striking out eight batters. He didn't walk anyone and fired 65 of his 80 pitches for strikes.
Creighton Prep 6, Elkhorn South 2: The Junior Jays scored four runs in the third inning to race past the Storm. Spencer Jonas tossed 6 2/3 innings and gave up two unearned runs. Graham Lorenz and Eric Allbery led the Creighton Prep offense with two hits each.