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Top-ranked Papillion-La Vista continues to pass every test thrown its way.

The Monarchs faced their toughest challenge to date Saturday, defeating third-ranked Millard West 11-3 and second-ranked Lincoln Southwest 3-1 to win the Monarch Invitational at La Vista City Park.

"Today was probably the hardest day of the year," Papio coach Todd Petersen said. "The girls are really handling it pretty well."

Southwest struck first, scoring one run in the top of the first, but the Silver Hawks stranded two.

Papio (20-0) scored two runs in the third and Madeline Vejvoda tripled in a run in the fourth.

Husker recruit Jordyn Bahl struck out eight batters in picking up the win.

"The highlight was our defense," Petersen said. "We definitely played good defense."

Southwest's McKenzie Steiner had two hits.

Millard West rallied from down 4-1 to beat Lincoln Southwest 5-4 in the other championship pool game. Lexie Black's walk-off homer sealed the win for the Wildcats, who tied it with a three-run shot.

Emma Kauf homered for the Hawks.

Class B No. 5 Waverly won the second-place pool, defeating Omaha Burke 6-2 and Bellevue East 3-1. Waverly defeated Bellevue East despite not recording a hit. Kendall Hartley had three hits against Burke.

Lincoln Southeast won the third-place pool, defeating Papillion-La Vista South 11-2 and Millard North 17-0. Rylan Ewoldt had a combined eight hits, seven runs and five RBIs between the two games.

Big inning lifts Millard South: Keyed by a four-run fifth inning, No. 4 Millard South defeated No. 6 Lincoln North Star 5-3 in the Omaha Westside Invitational championship.

The victory marked the 600th victory in program history at Millard South.

The Patriots broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth on Roni Foote's RBI double, and back-to-back two-run doubles from Abby Gerdes and Emma Alfieri pushed the lead to 5-1.

Hanna Roth drove in two runs for the Navigators.

The two teams will see each other again Monday at Bair Softball Complex.

Spartans go 1-1: Lincoln East went 1-1 in the Elkhorn Tournament, defeating Omaha Mercy 13-1 and losing to Elkhorn South 14-9.

East's Morgan Adams and Dakota Gasseling each drove in two runs against Omaha Mercy.

Emily Prai had four hits and four runs scored and Flo Cordova had four hits, including two doubles, against Elkhorn South. The Storm won the pool title.

Gretna takes Hastings crown: Class A No. 8 Gretna defeated Class B No. 1 Omaha Skutt 9-0 to capture the Hastings Invitational title.

Seward defeated Lincoln Pius X 11-0 in the fifth-place game. The Bluejays were aided by an eight-run first inning, which included a Claire Karel grand slam.

Elise Wilhelm drove in three runs in the Thunderbolts' 7-1 win against Hastings.

York's Hannah Norquest threw a one-hit complete-game, including 11 strikeouts, in the Dukes' 1-0 win against Pius X to open the tournament.

Arlington wins tourney on walk-off: Class C No. 5 Arlington made a statement Saturday, winning three games en route to the Arlington Invitational title. That included a walk-off win against DC West/Concordia in the final.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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