Titans rounding into midseason form

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am

The Papillion-La Vista South baseball team that lacked overall experience struggled early on, starting off the year 3-3.

Since then, the Titans have seemed to find their groove by rattling off six straight wins -- five coming this week -- to put them right back in the conversation for the Class A hunt.

Papio South is hot at good time with the Metro Tournament starting Thursday. If the Titans can stay hot, they will be a tough out in the tourney full of Class A powers.

P-LV South 3, Gretna 0 - Matt Rodgers, Aaron Homme and Grant Suponchick combined for the shutout on the mound with Rodgers notching the win. The three only allowed four combined hits.

Suponchick led the Titans with two hits and Ben Palensky added an RBI.

P-LV South 17, Millard North 5 - The Titans exploded for six runs in the third and put the game away with eight in the sixth.

Suponchick led the offensive attack with four hits and three RBIs. He also earned the win on the hill with five innings of shutout pitching.

Quintin Van Ackeren added another three RBIs for PLS. Adam Gadsden added three hits with Aaron Pena, Palensky and Bradley Spencer each driving in a pair of runs.

P-LV South 5, Omaha Northwest 1 - Papio South broke a 1-all tie with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Palensky earned the win on the mound with three innings of relief and added a double at the plate.

Connor Martin and Andy Scott each drove in a run for the Titans with Martin recording two hits.

P-LV South 5, Grand Island 4 - Papillion-La Vista South scored the deciding run in the sixth inning and held on for the win.

Dan Grala drove in the winning run in the sixth, his third RBI of the game and second hit. Buell chipped in with a double and Pena a triple.

Homme earned the win on the hill.

P-LV South 4, Lincoln Northeast 2 - A pair of runs in both the second and fourth inning proved to be enough offense for Papio South.

Rodgers picked up the win for the Titans with Suponchick closing the game in relief.

Pena knocked a two-run home run to lead the Papio South offense.

Other area results:

Millard West 5, Bellevue West 4 - The top-seeded Wildcats scored in the bottom of the 10th to end the Thunderbirds' hopes of an upset.

Bellevue West scored a pair of runs in both the first and second inning but couldn't plate a run the rest of the way.

Mike Gilbert and Cole Patterson both recorded four hits in the game to lead the T-birds on offense.

Bellevue West 8, Papillion-La Vista 7 - The T-birds scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win.

Patterson and James Babic each blasted home runs to lead the West offense.

Jack Wallingford picked up the win for West.

Dallas Armstrong led the Monarchs with two RBIs and Jack Kalina added a pair of hits.

Bellevue West 11, Gross 3 - Patterson's grand slam in the fifth inning put the game in hand for West.

Babic added two hits and RBIs to the Thunderbird offense and Brenen Cascio added two hits.

Mitch Savine picked up the win.

Bellevue East 3, Bellevue West 2 - A two-run second inning gave East the lead that they wouldn't give up the rest of the way.

Lucas Cunningham drove in two runs for the Chieftains with Tommy Walther adding the other RBI.

Jake Wild pitched a complete game for the win, mounting four strikeouts.

West was led by a Babic home run. Gilbert drove in the other run.

Bellevue East 3, Bennington 1 - Wild, Isaiah Charvat and Chris Cornish all drove in a run for the Chieftains in the win with Wild's coming on a home run. Connor Parette added two hits to the cause.

Cornish earned the win on the hill with a complete-game effort.

Omaha Central 6, Bellevue East 2 - The Eagles never trailed in their win over East.

Lucas Minor's two hits and an RBI led the Chieftain offense.

Bellevue East 11, Bryan 3 - The Chieftains put up an eight-spot in the fourth inning to run away with the game.

Cunningham had three hits and two RBIs with Walther and Brandon Dolezal each driving in a pair of runs.

CJ Gordon earned the win with five innings of work

Bryan 19, Benson 2 - The Bears pounded out eight runs in the second and six in the third inning to pick up their first win of the year.

Blake Kimball led the attack with two doubles and three RBIs with Christian Cannon adding a two-bagger. Nate Matuza and Adam Minor both legged out triples in the win.

Cody Chaffin earned the win on the mound.

Gross 5, Bryan 1 - The Cougars got three hits from Pat Mruz to lead the offense. Jake Hansen and Nick Huelskamp added a pair of hits apiece with Hansen knocking a double.

Kevin Handzlik was the winner on the mound.

Gross 12, Elkhorn South 4 - Gross scored in each of the first four innings to build an 8-1 lead on its way to the win.

Jeff Pospichal led the offense with three hits and two doubles.

Mruz, Handzlik, Andrew McElmeel and Matt Herting each added multi-hit games.

Burke 8, Gross 7 - Burke scored two in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings and added another in the eighth for the win.

Huelskamp knocked two doubles to lead the Cougars with Nollett and McElmeel each adding a double.

Papillion-La Vista 14, Benson 4 - BJ Sparks paced the Monarchs by going 4-for-4 with a triple and six RBIs.

Sean Van Briesen added two RBIs and Grant Van Scoy two hits.

Tony Ripa earned the win.

Papillion-La Vista 6, Omaha North 2 - The Monarchs got four hits, two doubles, and three RBIs from Kalina in the win. Eric Lange added three hits with Van Briesen and Dallas Armstrong adding two hits.

Armstrong was the winning pitcher with a complete game.

Creighton Prep 9, Papillion-La Vista 2 - Prep jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Monarchs scored a pair in the fourth to end the games scoring.

Van Briesen notched two hits for Papio with Lange adding a double.

Papillion-La Vista 14, Omaha Northwest 0 - Van Briesen drove in three runs on two hits to lead the Monarch's hitting barrage. Van Scoy, Grant Deatz and Sparks each added two RBIs for Papio.

Armstrong went 3-for-3 from the plate.

Trevor Jurjevich recorded the win on the hill with five innings of one-hit ball, striking out nine.

Gretna 12, Plattsmouth 2 - The Dragons scored six runs in the top of the seventh to expand the distance between the two squads.

Tanner Stock drove in five runs on two hits to pace the Gretna offense. Logan Ellis drove in a pair of runs.

Dieter Thamm earned the win on the hill with five innings of work. Thamm struck out five.

Gretna 3, Skutt 2 - A Trent Jeary RBI-single in the seventh gave them the win over the SkyHawks. The win came after the Dragons erased a 2-0 deficit.

Zach Howell earned the win in relief for Gretna and added an RBI from the plate.

Waverly 8, Gretna 6 - After Gretna scored two in the sixth to tie the game, the Vikings tacked on two in the seventh to steal the win.

Thamm and Stock both notched two hits with Grant Bruner and John Roll driving in two runs apiece.

Concordia 3, Gretna 2 - Jacob Blank had a pair of hits with Roll and Austin Hemphill each knocking doubles.

Platteview 9, Omaha South 0 - Andrew Vincent, Dillon Peterson and Jacob Helwig combined for the three-hit shutout with Vincent earning the win.

Ryan Shipley and Gage Duda both drove in two runs to lead the offense. Peterson added two hits.

Concordia 12, Platteview 4 - Peterson and Vincent both drove in a pair of runs for the Trojans.

Lincoln Pius X 9, Ralston 0 - The Rams only got three hits off the No. 2 Thunderbolts.

Blair 2, Ralston 1 - Blair scored twice in the top of the first and let it hold the rest of the way.

Jeff Thompson drove in the only Ram run and pitched a compete game on the hill. Thompson struck out eight.

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