Lions, Clyde advance to title game
The Concordia Lions and Clyde advanced to the championship game of Peewee Baseball District 3 Tournament by posting wins in the semifinals Thursday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Jumping out to a 7-2 lead through the first two innings, the second-seeded Concordia Lions downed the Concordia Knights of Columbus 12-2.
Top-seeded Clyde knocked off Clifton 11-1.
The championship game will be played at 8:00 tonight.
The Knights of Columbus and Clifton will meet in the third-place game at 6:30 tonight, with the top three teams advancing to the state tournament to be played in Concordia next week.
Karson Lister and Coleman Plymesser walked and scored runs in the top of the first inning to give the Knights of Columbus a 2-0 lead on the Lions.
The Lions answered with three runs in the bottom of the first and would not trail again.
Four runs in the second inning gave the Lions a 7-2 cushion.
Drake Blochlinger, Maddox Frey, Chane Parker and Grant Robinson scored runs in the inning.
Pushing across five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lions ended the game because of the 10-run rule.
Frey, Parker, Logan Jackson, Rush LeDuc and Evan Bombardier scored runs.
Blochlinger had two hits for the Lions. Frey and Parker scored three runs each.
The Lions went hitless in the game with nine strikeouts.
In the other semifinal, Clifton took a 1-0 lead on Clyde in the first inning.
Clyde put up five runs in the second inning to go on top to stay, 5-1.
Five runs in the second inning extended Clyde's lead at 10-1.
Clyde added one run in the fourth inning to end the game because of the run rule.