Concordia Lions top Chiefs in semifinals
The Concordia Lions rolled past the Smith Center Chiefs 12-4 in the semifinals of the Peewee Baseball State Tournament Thursday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.
The Lions will play Washington in the championship game at 8:30 tonight on Meyer Field.
Washington shut out Bremen 10-0 in the other semifinal game Thursday night.
Bremen faces Smith Center in the third-place game at 7:00 tonight.
Drake Blochlinger walked and scored a run in the top of the first inning to give The Lions a 1-0 lead on Smith Center.
The Lions added two runs in the second inning to go on top, 3-0.
Wyatt Franz and Parker Jackson each singled and scored.
Three runs in the top of the third inning gave the Lions a 6-0 cushion.
Rush LeDuc led off with a single and Maddox Frey homered.
Chane Parker followed with a base hit and came around to score.
Smith Center scored one run in the bottom of the third.
Blochlinger was hit by a pitch and scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to make it 7-1.
Smith Center scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Batting around in the top of the fifth inning, the Lions extended the lead to 12-3.
Evan Bombardier, Franz and Jackson walked and scored.
Blochlinger and LeDuc each singled and scored.
The Chiefs made it 12-4 with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Parker was the winning pitcher for the Lions.
LeDuc and Parker had two hits and scored two runs each for the Lions.
Blochlinger scored three runs. Franz scored two runs.
In the other semifinals game, Monte Huckett tossed a three-inning no-hitter as Washington blanked Bremen.
Huckett struck out eight of the 10 batters he faced.
The only Bremen batter to reach base was Beau Bussman, who led off the first inning with a walk.
Washington put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Carson Kearn and Huckett homered in a five-run second inning that gave Washington a 9-0 lead.
Zac Hiltgen led off the bottom of the third inning with a walk. He would score on a single by Kearn to end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Kearn had three hits and scored two runs in the win.
Octavien Cardenas had two hits and scored two runs.
Huckett had two hits.