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East Central eliminates Columbus North in baseball sectional
May 30, 2011Columbus North High School
Allen's blast was one of two long balls by the Trojans, who earned a berth in the sectional championship game later Monday (May 30) against Bloomington North.
The Cougars (20-7) posted a 10-3 victory over the Trojans (19-7) later Monday (May 30) for the sectional championshp. The hosts defeated Bloomington South 8-2 earlier Monday (May 30) in the first semifinal.
Allen's home run capped a back-and-forth encounter against Columbus North, which closed its season at 17-9. Earlier, junior Drew Werner's grand slam highlighted a five-run sixth inning that gave East Central a lead.
Junior C.J. Dennis homer helped the Bull Dogs build an early advantage and senior Adam Jones blanked East Central on two hits through five innings. But Jones got into trouble in the sixth, Werner's shot keying the five-run outburst.
CNHS rallied to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
But Allen's drive in the eighth spelled doom for the Bull Dogs.
In the title game, Bloomington North jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back in claiming its fourth sectional crown in five seasons. The Cougars added two runs in the second, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh. The Trojans were shut out through five innings, but rallied for two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Michael Oliphant went 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and four RBI to lead BN in the final. Gavin Funkhouser and Clint Jones also had three hits apiece for the Cougars, who will play the Plainfield Sectional winner at 1 p.m. CDT/2 p.m. EDT Saturday (June 4) at Bosse Field in Evansville.
In Monday's opener, Bloomington North overcame an early 2-0 deficit to knock off the defending champion Panthers.
An RBI double by Bloomington North's Baron Ryan ignited a three-run second inning, and Cougars senior Clint Jones added a two-run home run in the third. The hosts then manufactured three more runs in the sixth on three walks, a double steal, a throwing error, a wild pitch and a ground out.
Bloomington South finished its season 16-8.