MOWEAQUA — LSA's Michael Fiala gave a dominating performance on the mound as the Lions defeated Meridian 10-0 in five innings to advance to the Class 1A Moweaqua Regional title game on Thursday.
Fiala gave up one hit and struck out five to pick up the victory. At the plate he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
"It really started with Michael Fiala on the mount at strike one. He had guys swinging early in the count, and he really got our outfield involved with a lot of flies. He really set the tempo. It makes for a smoother, more ready-played game," LSA coach Erik Johansen said.
LSA's offense also gave Fiala plenty of support with three runs in the first inning and adding four more in the fifth.
"Offensively, we had as good an approach as we have all year. (Meridian starting pitcher Trevor Wingard) was pretty amped up, and earlier in the season, we would have been jumping at it, trying to match that velocity with our own, but we stayed calm this time and put pressure on him the whole time," Johansen said.
The Lions' Gannon Harshman was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Will Aubert was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Cody Crafton was 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
The Lions face Okaw Valley in the regional championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Central A&M in Moweaqua.
St. Teresa 13, Farmer City Blue Ridge 3
MOUNT PULASKI — Seth Gillespey hit a home run and also picked up the victory in the Class 1A Mount Pulaski Regional semifinal.
Gillespey was 2-for-3 from the plate with four runs batted in and from the mound he struck out nine in his five innings pitched.
The Bulldogs put runs on the board in each inning, beginning with three in the first, one in the second, three in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Joining Gillespey in the home run club was Jacob Bryles who was 3-for-3 with a dinger, triple and three runs scored. Kobly Osbourne was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
“We played well tonight. Our guys swung the bats well throughout the order," St. Teresa coach JD Arnold said. "Seth Gillespey was good on the mound shutting them down and on the plate. He and Jacob Bryles drove in 5 together, and both with home runs, they just provided a lot of good offense.”
The Bulldogs face Mount Pulaski in the regional championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Mount Pulaski.
Robinson wins Altamont Sectional
ALTAMONT — Robinson sent individuals or relays to state in seven events and won the Class 1A Altamont Sectional with 81 points.
For Robinson, Negus Bogard won both the 1,600 and 3,200. Grayson Wolf was second in the triple jump and shot put.
Teutopolis senior Joe Kingery was sectional champ in both the shot put and discus. Effingham St. Anthony's Jack Elder won the 110 hurdles and was second in the 300 hurdles.