- CLASS B STATE BASEBALL: Kozal's Walk-Off RBI Double Caps Waverly Rally Over Mt. Michael
By Jeff Motz
PAPILLION---Treyton Kozal was a valuable asset for the Waverly baseball team on Saturday morning.
The junior centerfielder came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, then connected on a walk-off RBI double in the seventh to give the No. 1 seed Vikings a 4-3 victory over eighth-seeded Elkhorn Mt. Michael at Werner Park in the opening round of the NSAA Class B State Baseball Tournament.
Waverly (20-5) will now face Hastings in winner's bracket play 4pm Monday at Werner Prk. The Tigers rallied back to win 12-2 over Seward in six innings, via the 10-run mercy rule.
Before Waverly even cracked the scoreboard, Mt. Michael (12-9) dictated the game by relying on two runs in the third inning. Noah Thornton singled, advanced and later scored off an RBI single from Patrick Collins. Sid deMayo drove in Collins in the next at bat on a single for a 2-0 lead.
The Knights added another run in the top of the fifth, when courtesy runner Jarrett Cline scored after sliding underneath a tag applied by Waverly catcher Thatcher Kozal at the plate.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Vikings Ian Steinmeyer picked up his second hit and later scored off an RBI double from Zane Schawang. Easton Hovelsrud reached on a fielder's choice and advanced on an error, off Schawang's hit. Rhett Jordon's sac fly scored Hovelsrud and Treyton Kozal's RBI single scored Schawang to tie the game at three.
Hovelsrud led off the Waverly half of the seventh with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice from Schawang. Jordon was intentionally walked, setting up Treyton Kozal's walk-off RBI double to score Hovelsrud.
Maverick Wylder earned the win for Waverly, coming in to the seventh inning and not allowing any runs to score. Starter Jonah Reiser went six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, while striking out five and allowing a walk.