EFFINGHAM — Shawn Meyer struck out 10 in a complete game, and top-seeded South Central broke the game open in the late innings and posted an 11-3 victory over Dieterich on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the National Trail Conference baseball tournament.
The Cougars (15-4-1) will face fifth-seeded Neoga today in one semifinal. In the other, second-seeded St. Anthony will take on No. 3 Stew-Stras.
Today’s winners meet at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Elmo in the championship game.
South Central took a 1-0 lead in the first, and extended it to 3-0 when Noah Powless hit a two-run homer in the third.
The Cougars made it 6-0 in the fifth, then answered the Maroons’ three-run rally in the top of the sixth by scoring five times in the bottom of the frame.
Powless finished 2 for 2 with four RBIs. Austin Schwarm was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and his two-run double was the key hit in the five-run sixth.
Drake Ritter was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Daniel Diss was 2 for 4.
Garrett Einhorn and Alex Bohnhoff were 2 for 3 for the Maroons, and Brandon Westjohn and Chris Lidy had one hit. Westjohn and Einhorn had RBIs.
Westjohn was the losing pitcher, allowing 11 earned runs in six innings.
SOUTH CENTRAL 11, DIETERICH 2
Dieterich 000 003 0 — 3 6 2
South Central 102 035 x — 11 12 3
WP: Shawn Meyer (7 IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER ,6BB, 10K). LP: Brandon Westjohn (6 IP, 12H, 11R, 8BB, 2K).
Dieterich: Garrett Einhorn 2-3, RBI; Alex Bohnhoff 2-3; Brandon Westjohn 1-3, RBI; Chris Lidy 1-4.
South Central: Noah Powless 2-2, HR, RBI; Drake Ritter 2-3, 3 RBI; Austin Schwarm 3-4, 2B, 3RBI; Daniel Diss 2-4.
Jenny Bullock notched five aces, 10 kills and eight digs in a 25-12, 17-25, 27-25 victory over Cowden-Herrick on Tuesday.
Lindsay Floyd added a kill, 18 asists, five aces and two digs for the Blue Devils, and Dani Bell added three aces and 15 digs.
The Windsor JV team lost to Cowden-Herrick.