Westview and Prairie Heights rolled into the semifinals of the NECC baseball tournament with easy quarterfinal victories Tuesday.
The Warriors tallied eight runs in the third inning en route to a 17-1 destruction of West Noble. The game, originally scheduled to take place at the Charger’s diamond, was moved to Emma because of wet field conditions.
Hunter Christner, Jake Berkey, Judah Zickafoose, Jamar Weaver and Kohle Christner all lined RBI hits in the outburst. Berkey, who had tripled home two runs in the second frame, clouted a solo home run in the fourth and poked a single in the fifth to cap off a four-hit, four-run, five-RBI night.
Zickafoose, Weaver and Tarrin Beachy each contributed three safeties to the Warriors’ 14-hit attack. Hunter Christner scored three runs.
Zach Mosby had two of the three West Noble hits off winning hurler Houston Haney, who walked two and whiffed three in five innings of work.
Like Westview, Prairie Heights used a monster at bat to subdue Fremont, 19-9. Unlike the Warriors, the Panthers put together their big frame in the seventh, which broke up a 9-all deadlock.
Bobby Blum plated six Prairie Heights runs in the contest with a triple, a double and a single. Corey Johnson went 4-5 at the dish with two doubles and three runs scored, Dylan Stayner slapped three singles and collected two RBI, and Joey Barry poked a two-run single.
Jacob Heller tossed a scoreless seventh inning to nail down the Panther win. Bo Murphy, who relieved starter Johnson with two outs in the fifth, got credit for the pitching triumph. The trio allowed just one earned run and struckout nine.
Braxton Baker had three hits and two RBI for Fremont, which took advantage of seven Prairie Heights errors to tally five runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.
The Panthers travel to Angola Friday night for a semifinal date with the Hornets, who blitzed Central Noble (10-0) and Fairfield (14-5) in their two tourney games. Westview hosts Churubusco in its semifinal tilt Friday. The Eagles advanced with a 3-2 win over Eastside Tuesday.
Lakeland lost to Fairfield, 6-3 in first-round action Monday. Morgan Moore smacked a two-run homer for the Lakers.