Gretna's Jerzi Rowe pitches in the district final against Grand Island on Saturday 

Three area teams were able to move past their respective districts and clinch a berth in the state tournament next week. Gross, Gretna and Papillion-La Vista all won their district tournaments and will continue their great seasons next week in Hastings, Nebraska at the state level.

Gross cruised through their district, outscoring their opponents 28-0 through three victories. They faced Northeastern Nebraska Saturday in a best of three series to move onto states.

The Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth in the first game and ended up winning 7-4 and used the momentum from the win to take the second game 6-3 to move on. 

The Cougars recorded 19 hits throughout these two games to propel them to victory. 

Gretna hosted the A-4 district and finished 3-0 while scoring 30 runs through three games and defeating Grand Island twice.

They first defeated Lincoln Pius X 13-8 on Wednesday and then after some rain delays and weather, took on Grand Island twice on Saturday, winning 8-3 and 9-1 in the championship game.

Billie Andrews led the way for the Dragons, recording four home runs and nine RBI throughout these three games. 

Papillion-La Vista hosted the A-1 district tournament and shut out each opponent on their way to a 3-0 finish. They outscored their opponents 29-0 through those three games. 

The Monarchs defeated South Sioux City 12-0 on Wednesday and defeated Bellevue East twice on Saturday to advance to the state tournament. They defeated the Chieftains 8-0 and then 9-0 in the championship game. 

The stellar Papio pitching staff only gave up four hits throughout the tournament and zero runs. 

*Full stories on each of the district finals to follow* 

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