Local Sports 5/16/19

HIGH SCHOOL> Hastings High will play for a State Championship Thursday in the Class B State Tournament. The Tigers beat Norris 5-4 in Wednesday night’s elimination game at Warner Park in Papillion. Hastings battled back twice in the game once down 2-0 and then trailing 3-2. Jacob Schroeder, Conner Creech, and Mike Boeve all had 2 hits. Boeve drove in 2 runs. Sam Wibbels was the winning pitcher going 5 2/3 innings with 15 strikeouts, 8 walks, 1 hit, and 3 runs.Hastings now faces Bennington at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Bennington beat Hastings 4-1 Tuesday. Hastings (21-7) would have to beat the Badgers twice to in the championship.

Kearney High was eliminated from the Class A Tournament in an 9-2 loss to Omaha Bergan Wednesday.

HUSKERS> Nebraska baseball will begin their final regular games tonight, starting 3-game series hosting Michigan. The Wolverines are first in the Big 10 with a 15-5 conference record, NU is in a 3-way tie for 3rd at 13-8 in the B10. First pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, pregame show begins at 7:04 p.m. Friday’s game will be at 8:00 p.m., Saturday’s finale at 2:00 p.m. All those games can be heard on 1230 KHAS. The Huskers head to Omaha for the Big Ten Tournament next week at TD Ameritrade Park. Eight teams will battle for the title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Husker Men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has been busy on the recruiting trail. Three recruits were announced Wednesday. Samari Curtis signed to play basketball for the Huskers beginning this fall. Curtis, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, was Ohio Mr. Basketball in 2019. Kevin Cross from Little Rock, Ark. has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for the Husker program next season. Cross, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward earned all-state honors in Arkansas for the past two years. And Derrick Walker, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward, will transfer from the University of Tennessee. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2019-20 season.

MLB> The Kansas City Royals fell to the Texas Rangers 6-1 Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Same two teams close out the 3-game series this afternoon. The rubber match is at 12:15 and can be heard on ESPN Tri-Cities 1460/1550AM. The Royals will then travel to the west coast to face the L.A. Angels this weekend.

The San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 in overtime last night to win game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals in the quest for the Stanley Cup. San Jose leads the series 2-1. Boston and Carolina skate again tonight in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The Bruins could end it with a win tonight, they lead the series 3-0.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night in Milwaukee. Portland Trailblazers and Golden State Warriors will play game 2 of the Western Conference Finals tonight at 8:00 p.m. Golden State leads the series 1-0.

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