TUSCOLA,  Ill. - The Mt. Carmel 11-year-old baseball team defeated Champaign-East, 7-6, on Friday night to advance to the championship round of the Section 1 tournament in Tuscola.

Craig Halbig's team returns to Erwin Park on Saturday to face Pittsfield, from western Illinois, at 3 p.m. Pittsfield received a first-round bye in the double-elimination tourney. The winner of that game will be in the driver's seat. The loser plays Sunday at 2 p.m. in an elimination game.

The winner of the sectional tournament advances to the Illinois state tournament. Mt. Carmel last won a sectional title in 2006.