SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Koester reached on an error and Deters and Utz scored, 13-4, undoing the 10-run lead. In the bottom of the 3rd, Okaw re-established the 10-run lead.
With one out, Bunfill walked and Dickens singled, scoring Bunfill, 14-4. Hill singled and Harshman grounded out, scoring Dickens,15-4.
St. Anthony was running out of time. In the 4th, Seachrist led off reaching on an error. But Fritz came right back, striking out the next two batters. A pop up to Yarnell cut St A's time even shorter.
Okaw had back-to-back singles to open their 4th from Hagerman and Fritz, but three straight fly outs sent the game into the 5th and the Bullpups last chance to stay alive.
St A got started with a lead-off single from Utz. Fritz answered, throwing another strikeout. Hagerman snared a line drive and Harshman threw out Utz at 2nd on a fielder's choice to end the game and earn Okaw Valley the title.
Okaw Valley (17-1) will play either Mt. Olive or Mulberry Grove on Saturday at the Raymond Lincolnwood Sectional at 11 a.m. for the chance to go to state.
Okaw Valley 1A Regional Championship
Okaw Valley 15, St. Anthony 4
St A 103 00--4-4-4
Okaw (10)32 00--15-13-2
Okaw stats: Harshman 0-for-2, 2 BBs, ROE, 3 runs, RBI; Hagerman 1-for-3, BB, 2 ROEs, 2 runs; Fritz 3-for-4, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Drake 2-for-3, BB, 2B, GS HR, run, 4 RBIs; Coleman 1-for-3, BB, RBI; Yarnell 0-for-4; Bunfill 1-for-2, BB, ROE, 3 runs; Dickens 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Hill 3-for-3, 2 runs. Pitching (W) Fritz 5 IP, 4 runs (2 ER), 4 hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks.
St A stats: Mendella 1-for-2, BB, 2 runs; Deters 0-for-2, BB, run; Utz 2-for-3, 2B, run; Guy 1-for-3, 2 RBIs; Walsh 0-for-1, BB; Seachrist 0-for-2, ROE, SB; Koester 0-for-2, ROE. Pitching (L) Guy .2 IP, 10 runs, 6 hits, 2 BBs, 0 Ks, 2 HRs; Mendella 1.2 IP, 4 runs, 3 hits, 4 BBs, 1 K; Ludwig 1.2 IP, run, 4 hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks.