CHICAGO — Streator jumped to a lead it never relinquished in a 6-3 victory over Mt. Carmel in the 11-year-old state baseball tournament on Monday night.
The loss eliminated the Mt. Carmel 11s from the tournament. Streator, which avenged an earlier 7-5 loss to Mt. Carmel, advances to the consolation finals tonight against Horner Park at 6 p.m. The winner faces undefeated Naperville Continental on Wednesday.
Mt. Carmel outhit Streator, 6-4, but trailed at one point, 6-1, after a five-run fourth inning by Streator. Mt. Carmel scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, but could get no closer than the final margin.
Bret Doan had two hits to lead the way for the 11s. He also worked into the fourth as the starting pitcher before being relieved by Clayton Halbig.
Craig Halbig’s team, district and sectional champions, compiled a post-season record of 7-3, with all games played on the road. It was Mt. Carmel’s first trip to state since 2006, when the 12-year-olds advanced to the tourney.