McLEANSBORO, Ill. – Mt. Carmel certainly picked the right time to end its’ longest slump of the baseball season.
The Golden Aces defeated Eldorado, 8-3, Thursday night in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A regional tournament here. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak. Mt. Carmel (9-16) advances to the championship game Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 1-seed Carmi, which defeated Fairfield, 12-4, in the other semi.
Mt. Carmel trailed early, 3-0, before rallying for five runs in the fifth inning. The biggest blow was a two-run double by Austin Rue.
The Aces added three more runs in the sixth to make it 8-3. Cort Rodgers matched Rue with a two-run double in the inning.
Pete Smith got the win for the Aces. He went the distance, striking out 10 and walking five in gaining the victory.
“They got a couple of early runs, then he settled in and shut the door,:” said Mt. Carmel coach John Copeland.
Winners from Mc Leansboro, Robinson, Vandalia and Trenton gather in Greenville next week for the Class 2A sectional. At Trenton, host Wesclin scored three runs in the top of the sixth to defeat Greenville, 4-1, and will face Breese Central in the finals. Championship games are already set in Robinson and Vandalia. Teutopolis and Marshall will play Saturday at Robinson, while Effingham St. Anthony and Shelbyville play at Vandalia.
In Class 1A, Edwards County will play Red Hill Saturday in the finals in Albion, with the winner going to Louisville for the sectional.