After coming up short at the Class B state tournament in the spring, the team from Omaha Skutt is having a solid American Legion season.
Skutt’s Medicine Man Pharmacy recently captured the Battle of Omaha tournament, one of the major Legion events of the summer. The squad won the championship game 8-4 over West Fargo, North Dakota.
“Our kids battled the whole way,” coach Tim Lackovic said. “Our numbers were getting down there by the end, but nobody complained.”
Lackovic said the roster was down to 12 by the final, played at Omaha Burke. It was the second time the team from Skutt had reached the championship game and the first time it had won.
“We had guys playing out of position, but they just went out there and competed,” he said. “We had a lot of high energy, right to the end.”
Lackovic, in his first year as coach during the varsity and Legion seasons, said his summer squad has outstanding team chemistry.
“After we won that final, we all went out for pizza,’’ he said. “There are no cliques and the guys get along great.’’
Skutt, which competes in Class B during the varsity season, plays Class A during the summer Legion season.
Reunion with batboy
The Legion team from Omaha Creighton Prep, Five Points Bank, recently had a reunion with a friend from last year’s Legion World Series.
Grayson Gilbert, an 11-year-old from Shelby, North Carolina, was one of the team’s batboys at the 2017 event. Five Points Bank finished as the national runner-up to Henderson, Nevada.
Grayson and his parents traveled to Omaha last week to support players from the Prep team competing at the CWS Classic tournament. Coach Pat Mooney said Gilbert, who had issues with bullying at his school, was happy to reconnect with the players.
“I think Grayson’s parents really appreciated the way everyone got along at the Series,” the coach said. “I know after coming up here, he didn’t want to leave Omaha.”
Last year’s Five Points players held a reunion in January and received rings to honor their accomplishment. The team surprised its Legion batboys, including Gilbert, with matching rings.
Tourney schedules set
The Legion Senior tournaments have been set for the postseason.
The Class A area tournaments will be held July 20 to 24 at Millard West, Fricke Field in Papillion, Omaha Skutt, Brown Park, Sherman Field in Lincoln, Gretna and Lexington.
The Class A state tournaments will be split between Elkhorn Legion Field and Pawnee Park in Columbus. Those tourneys will be played July 28 through Aug. 1.
Those two winners will play Aug. 4. Both teams will advance to regional play that begins Aug. 8.
The Class B and Class C area tournaments will be held July 20 to 24, with the state tournaments being played July 28 to Aug. 1. The Class B state tourney will be at Wayne and Class C state at Albion.
The Legion Junior state tournaments will be played at Omaha Burke (Class A), Platte Center/Columbus (Class B) and Battle Creek (Class C).
Some recent performances from the Legion ranks:
C.J. Wolfe, Five Points Bank Blue (Omaha Creighton Prep): Picked up the victory in a win over the Four Aces Kwikstop Eagles.
Cade Lynam, Springfield Prime Time Sporting Goods (Platteview): Had four RBIs in a win over Blair.
Zach Munson, C&H Construction Black (Omaha Burke): Struck out eight and picked up the win against Insight Edge Red.
Creighton Silvain, Mainelli Mechanical (Omaha Roncalli): Struck out 14 in a win over Waterloo/Valley.
Dawson Beutler, RoofTech Wildcats (Millard West): Tossed a three-hitter in a win over Lincoln U-Stop.
Alex Pavon, DJ’s Dugout East (Bellevue East): Tossed a complete game and struck out eight in a win over Millard Sox Gold.
Kyle Perry, 52's Patriots (Millard South): Tossed a two-hitter and struck out nine in a win over the PACE Packers.
Cole Schumacher, Bennington: Struck out 12 in a win over Seward.
Henry Zipay, KB Building Services (Omaha Westside): Had three RBIs in a win over the Pyramid Roofing Vikings.
Dylan Glaser, Hastings Five Points Bank: Hit the winning home run in extra innings that defeated Omaha Creighton Prep White.
Ben Weber, Big Fred’s Mustangs (Millard North): Had three hits in a victory over Troy, Ohio.
Brayden Whitehead, Ashland: Struck out 10 and had two hits in a shutout win over Plattsmouth.
Around the horn
The Class A Senior state champion and the runner-up will advance to the Central Plains Regional in Dickinson, North Dakota. Hastings will host a regional that will include the Nebraska champion in 2019 and 2020 … The annual Jayson Jewell Memorial alumni event will be July 18 at Prep… Drew Dunham, a member of Prep’s state championship team, left Wednesday for West Point Academy. ... In three games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies West squad, Omaha Roncalli graduate Alec Bohm is batting .500. He tripled in his first professional at-bat. ...The final of the CWS/Locker Room tournament was postponed by rain … The 20-team Mike Peterson tournament begins Friday in Lincoln. The championship game will be played 5 p.m. Sunday at Sherman Field.