Millard South pitcher Kyle Perry said after the Class A No. 4 Patriots’ game with No. 7 Grand Island that he was disappointed.
Disappointed that he couldn’t notch a complete game.
Other than that, he was dominant all night.
Perry allowed one hit through six innings while striking out 10 and outdueled Grand Island’s Shay Schanaman in a 2-0 win at Werner Park at the Class A state tournament.
Schanaman was almost as brilliant, allowing four hits in six innings while striking out 10 and walking one.
But Millard South had just enough to push across a run in the first inning and another in the third, benefiting from two Grand Island errors.
Millard South coach Greg Geary said his team was able to capitalize when it had its chances.
“We didn’t swing the bats that well today, but we took advantage of a couple opportunities,” Geary said. “We got the lead, and usually once you get the lead for (Perry), he feeds off of that.
“He did a great job of getting out of a couple of jams there. He’s been our bulldog for the last few years. He showed why tonight.”
Perry, a Husker baseball recruit, said he felt good from the beginning.
“I just knew I had to go after it in the first round of state and let my defense do the work and scratch out a win against Shay Schanaman. He’s really good,” Perry said.
“We scratched a couple of runs across, and it ended up well.”
Andrew Staebell retired all three batters he faced in the seventh to earn the save.
Millard South (26-4) opened the scoring in the first inning when Jake Gish’s RBI single scored AJ Locum from second.
Millard South added another in the third as Garrett Svoboda scored on an error by third baseman Will Nordhues.
Grand Island coach Joe Wells said Schanaman pitched as well as he ever has.
“He made some huge pitches. They didn’t square many balls up on him. His breaking ball was really sharp, and he was ahead of them all night long,” Wells said.
The Islanders (20-8) threatened in the third inning when Gerard Dunning reached on a dropped third strike and Casey Burnham singled to center — Grand Island’s only hit of the game — with one out.
Nordhues sacrificed the runners to second and third, but Perry struck out Schanaman to end the inning.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t get a big hit and draw even with them and see what happened down at the end, but that’s the way baseball goes,” Wells said.
Millard South advances to face rival Millard West on Monday, while Grand Island squares off with Elkhorn South in an elimination game.
Grand Island (20-8)...........000 000 0—0 1 3
Millard South (26-4)...........101 000 x—2 4 2
W: Perry, 5-2-1. L: Schanaman, 4-2. S: Staebell. 2B: MS, Gish.
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