After a rain-filled week kept the Antlers off the field for several days, Elkhorn finally got back to action on Tuesday, June 26, as they traveled to Omaha Westside.
Aiden Young was ready to play as he opened the game with a stand- up triple. Kyler Randazzo then quickly brought him home with a single, but was left stranded as Elkhorn jumped on top 1-0 after just one inning.
Elkhorn then retired Westside in order the next two innings. In the top of the third, the Antlers looked to get things going again as Aiden Young drew a lead-off walk. A questionable call from the ref resulted in a pick-off. This repeated as Randazzo also drew a walk, only to be picked off on another questionable call.
Westside took advantage of these calls in the bottom of the inning. The Antlers managed to get two quick outs, but three singles and a triple saw Westside score three runs and take a 3-1 lead after three innings.
Elkhorn rallied in the top of the sixth though as, with two outs, Parker Gutschow hit a line drive double. Drew Christo was then hit by the pitch, Jason LaFleur used a single to score a run, and Kyler Beekman scored another run on a double. LaFleur was caught at 3rd running to end the inning, but Elkhorn had managed to tie the game 3-3.
Westside though was able to find the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. After a quick first out, Westside drilled a triple and then brought the run in on a sac play to go up 4-3. In the top of the seventh, Trenton Smith drew a two-out walk, but Elkhorn just couldn’t find another rally, falling 4-3.
Elkhorn was led by Kyler Beekman with 1 hit and 2 RBIs. Kyler Randazzo had 1 hit and 1 RBI, and Trenton Smith, Malakai Vetock, Jason LaFleur, Parker Gutschow and Aiden Young each had 1 hit.