The American Legion team from Omaha Westside has been as hot as this late-spring weather.
KB Building Services (Westside) is 23-1, having lost only to the team from Millard West. It’s a nice bounce back for a squad that narrowly missed reaching the state tournament during the varsity spring season.
“We’re hitting the heck out of the ball,’’ coach Bob Greco said. “The guys have been battling every game.’’
The Warriors finished the varsity season with 42.6667 wild-card points, narrowly getting edged out for the last state tourney wild-card slot by Lincoln Southeast (42.8182).
“Though we pretty much have the same team, I try not to compare spring and summer,’’ Greco said. “It was disappointing to not reach state, but this is a new opportunity.’’
KB recently returned from a 40-team tournament held in Colorado. Greco said the team went white-water rafting in its spare time.
“It’s a great bonding experience,’’ he said. “But when it came time to play, the guys got after it.’’
Greco also has been busy with events away from the diamond. His son Joey, a former player at Westside, was married a few weeks ago.
Tournaments are set
The annual CWS/Locker Room tournament — formerly the CWS/Decker tournament — will be played Wednesday through Sunday at five sites.
Those sites are Westside, Millard North, Millard South, Millard West and Omaha Gross.
The final of the 30-team tournament that has drawn Legion teams from eight states will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. at Westside.
The annual Battle of Omaha tournament, featuring several other Omaha Legion squads, will be played Thursday through Saturday.
Among the Nebraska schools competing in the 17-and-under division are Omaha Roncalli, Omaha Skutt, Omaha Northwest, Omaha Burke, Omaha Bryan, Omaha North, Omaha Central, Norris and Lincoln East.
Omaha priests win
For the first time in the event’s four-year history, priests from the Archdiocese of Omaha defeated priests from the Diocese of Lincoln in the annual I-80 Collar Series.
Omaha prevailed 20-18 in the softball game played Sunday at Haymarket Park.
“It was a great game,’’ event coordinator Richard Zierke said. “The Omaha team built a big lead and the Lincoln team couldn’t come back.’’
Zierke said Fr. Tom Weisbecker, pastor at Omaha’s St. James Church, was “throwing the heat’’ as one of the game’s top pitchers. He added that Fr. Scott Harter from the Grand Island diocese was named MVP (Most Valuable Priest).
The game, sponsored by the Nebraska Knights of Columbus, is a fundraiser for vocations offices in both dioceses. Zierke said about 4,100 attended the game and that two sizable checks will be written.
“Each of the two diocese received $8,000 last year,’’ he said. “And we’re hoping to do even better this year.’’
Zierke said plans are in the works to shift the next two games in the series back to Werner Park. The games were held there in 2015 and 2016 and the past two games have been played in Lincoln.
“With Omaha winning this year, that should help our ticket sales next year,’’ he said.
Bohm signs deal
Omaha Roncalli graduate and former Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm officially has signed his major league contract with Philadelphia.
The Phillies, who selected him third overall in the MLB draft earlier this month, signed Bohm for $5.85 million, according to NBCSports.com.
Bohm was assigned to High Class A Clearwater of the Florida Gulf Coast League. He batted .339 for the Shockers, with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs.
Movie night ahead
It’s not a drive-in, but fans can watch a baseball movie next week at Westside.
“The Sandlot’’ will be shown June 28 at the school’s baseball field. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie will start at sundown.
Fans are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, with the money going to support Westside baseball.