Dylan Phillips used his arm and his bat Friday to help Omaha Creighton Prep capture the Metro Conference tournament.
After the left-hander pitched a five-hitter in a semifinal victory, he had four RBIs in the Junior Jays’ 11-1 win over Millard West in the final at Fricke Field. Second-ranked Prep reached the championship game after defeating top-ranked Millard South 5-2.
“Dylan had a nice day,” Prep coach Pat Mooney said. “He was great on the mound and then did a good job at the plate.”
The third-ranked Wildcats advanced to the final after posting a 6-0 victory over fifth-ranked Omaha Burke. But Millard West couldn’t contain the Junior Jays in the game that ended in the fifth because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“We played well for a while,” Wildcats coach Steve Frey said. “But they got some runs and then things kind of snowballed on us.”
After Millard West pushed across a run in the top of the third, Prep went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the inning. Cam Blossom had a sacrifice fly and Phillips delivered an RBI single.
The Junior Jays, the two-time defending Class A champions, broke it open with a six-run fourth. They sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, highlighted by a two-run double to deep right-center by Phillips.
“I’ve been seeing the ball really well,” he said. “I’ve been making solid contact and I thought that one had a chance to get out.”
Max Mandel, Evan Laney and Luke Krzemien also had RBIs in the inning for Prep, which widened its advantage to 8-1.
The Junior Jays ended the game with a three-run fifth. Evan Sanders had an RBI double and a second run scored on a wild pitch before Phillips finished off the win with an RBI single up the middle.
Phillips, a Kansas State recruit, said the tournament — compacted into two days because of impending bad weather — was a test of endurance.
“Playing four games in two days is tough,” he said. “But the adrenaline kicked in and the nice weather today helped.”
Michael Sakowski picked up the victory, yielding one run in four innings. Millard West’s lone tally came on a run-scoring double by Max Anderson.
The Wildcats won’t have to wait long to try and avenge the defeat. They play at Prep on Monday night.
“I like the fact we’re getting back on the field so soon against them,” Frey said. “Things just didn’t go our way tonight.”
Millard West (10-5)......................001 00—1 5 2
Omaha Creighton Prep (13-2)......002 63—11 12 2
W: Sakowski. L: Bandiera. 2B: MW, Anderson; CP, Phillips, Sanders, Krzemien.
Omaha Creighton Prep 5, Millard South 2
Dylan Phillips scattered five hits and went the distance in the semifinal victory. He struck out six while allowing single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Owen Richter had a three-run triple in the first inning to give Prep a lead it never relinquished. Drew Dunham also drove in a first-inning run and Noah Peyton had an RBI in the sixth.
Kyle Perry had two hits for Millard South and Dylan Wagner had a leadoff double in the seventh that led to the Patriots’ final run.
Millard South fell to 14-2.
Millard South (14-2)......................000 001 1—2 5 3
Omaha Creighton Prep (12-2).........400 001 x—5 5 2
W: Phillips. L: Renken. 2B: MS, Wagner; CP, Dunham. 3B: CP, Richter.
Millard West 6, Omaha Burke 0
Colby Gomes tossed a two-hitter to lead the Wildcats to the semifinal win.
Gomes, a Nebraska recruit, allowed a Hunter Waugh single in the second inning and a Jack Lortz single in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked none.
The Wildcats led 2-0 after two innings and broke the game open with a four-run fifth.
Tyler Bandiera and Jackson Meier each had two RBIs for Millard West while Tristan Gomes had three hits.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs fell to 14-2.
Omaha Burke (14-2)..............000 000 0—0 2 3
Millard West (10-4)...............110 040 x—6 12 0
W: Gomes. L: Wize. 2B: MW, Wright, Bandiera.