By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln Southeast are the two capital city teams that seem likely to be contenders for a shot of making the state baseball tournament next month.
With two weeks left in the regular season, it seems destined that the Silver Hawks and Knights could be hosting district tournaments. However, that could change depending on how they finish season.
Southwest hosts Creighton Prep Monday evening, then travels to Grand Island Thursday for a doubleheader before playing Northeast on May 4, at Omaha Gross May 5 and hosting Millard West May 6. The Silver Hawks face three legitimate opponents in that amount of time (Prep, GI and Millard West) and if they were to lose any of those games, their stock could plummet in the point standings.
Southeast has a trip to Millard South on Monday, then hosts a 12-5 Columbus team before participating in the Ralston Invite and finishing with Lincoln High on May 4. It seems as though the Knights are in a better position to finish strong, if they can beat the Patriots.
District pairings won't be released until next week.
Once again, Class B seems to be setting up for another interesting finish. Defending state champ Lincoln Pius X is playing good baseball right now, but they have a challenging two weeks ahead.
On Monday, the Thunderbolts host Lincoln North Star (3-15), then host Omaha Gross on Thursday before road tripping to Columbus on Friday and Papillion-LaVista (17-4) on Saturday. Pius X finishes the regular season at 12-8 Omaha Skutt on May 4.
Elkhorn South (14-5), Seward (9-4), Elkhorn (14-7), Skutt, Gross (8-7) and the co-op of Omaha Concordia/Brownell-Talbot/Christian Academy (10-3) rank high in the Class B points, with Gretna (10-7), Norris (10-8) and Platte Valley (10-3) on their heels.
Unlike the power struggle between Omaha Westside, Prep, Papio and Millard North in Class A, Pius X may have the upper hand, but it seems to be anyone's opportunity to win out in Class B.
LincolnPrepSports.com will air only one game this week. Tuesday at 5pm, join me for the Southeast/Columbus game at Sherman Field. Two scheduling conflicts this week forced the rescheduling.
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