Austin Oetter didn’t start the game Thursday night, but he had the big hit to finish it.

Oetter’s walk-off RBI single lifted Omaha Burke to a 7-6 win over Omaha Westside in a Metro Conference baseball tournament quarterfinal. The Bulldogs advance to a semifinal Friday at Papillion’s Fricke Field in quest of their first Metro tourney title since 1997.

“We’re happy to be playing tomorrow,’’ Burke coach Scott Hodges said. “This group has a special kind of resolve.’’

Burke will play at 3:30 p.m. against Millard West, following the 1 p.m. semifinal between Millard South and Omaha Creighton Prep.

The championship game — weather permitting — will be played at 6 p.m. Friday at Fricke.

Oetter, a senior catcher, entered the game in the fourth inning. He replaced Nolan Opheim, who appeared dazed after taking a foul ball directly off his mask.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Westside scored four runs in the fourth. Henry Zipay, Cam Kully and Joe Stegman had RBIs, and a fourth runner came home on an error.

The Bulldogs rallied to tie it with four runs in the fifth. Noah Olson, Jack Lortz and Hunter Waugh delivered consecutive RBI singles, and Oetter drew a bases-loaded walk.

Warriors reliever Michael Reinert came in to pitch and got Jabari Mitchell to hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

Burke went ahead in the sixth without a hit, scoring a run on a double steal. But the Warriors tied it in the top of the seventh on Sam Parsonage’s one-out double and Brett Curran’s sacrifice fly.

The Bulldogs won it in the bottom of the inning when Waugh drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on Oetter’s two-out single to right.

“I just tried to go with the pitch,’’ Oetter said. “I was pretty nervous but it felt great to get that hit.’’

Oetter was the subject of a World-Herald feature last year after undergoing his third open-heart surgery.

“I’m just happy to be helping the team,’’ he said. “And I really feel this is a special group of guys.’’

Lortz picked up the win in relief, pitching 32⁄3 innings. He allowed one run and struck out seven.

“We had our chances to have a couple really big innings and we let them off the hook,’’ Westside coach Bob Greco said. “But it’s good for us to be in a game like that.’’

The teams advanced to the quarterfinal after winning earlier games Thursday at Westside. The Warriors defeated Omaha South 9-3, and Burke slipped past Papillion-La Vista 6-5.

Omaha Westside (10-7).....010 400 1—6 10 1

Omaha Burke (14-1)..........001 041 1—7    7 2

W: Lortz. L: Reinert. 2B: OW, Parsonage. 3B: OW, Leiferman.

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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