Carlyle's victory train rolled through another stop on the baseball postseason trail Thursday as the Indians edged Nashville 2-1 in a semifinal at the Class 2A Nashville Regional.
Kyle Jackson's two-run double in the third inning gave Indians pitcher Logan Zachry all the run support he needed as the Indians (25-7) advanced to the sectional championship against Du Quoin at 11 a.m. Saturday.
After Carlyle errors led to Nashville taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Indians struck back in the third.
Tyson Boehne doubled and with runners at second and third, Jackson smoked a ball to the fence to chase both of them home.
"The wind was blowing in hard, probably 20 mph," Carlyle coach Dusty Barr said. "He's a senior and he's been doing it for four years. You wouldn't think the moment would be too big for him and it wasn't, he came up big."
Zachry tossed a complete game in a pitching duel against Nashville's Keegan Anderson. Nashville had five hits to four by Carlyle, but the Indians got the big one that counted.
Zachry allowed five hits and struck out five while walking one.
"Today he probably didn't have his best stuff and still was able to go out there and give up zero earned runs," Barr said. "That's the sign of a good pitcher."
Carlyle has allowed just two runs in three playoff games, winning 6-1, 1-0 and 2-1.
"We've pretty much run into three good arms now and when you get into playoff baseball, you've got to almost expect these types of games," Barr said.
Class 3A Triad Regional
Triad held off Marquette, scoring three runs in the second and another in the fourth to set up another regional final against Mississippi Valley Conference rival Highland.
The teams split two league games, with Triad winning 10-9 at Highland and Highland winning 8-5 at Triad.
The big story Thursday was the pitching of Triad's Jakob Thomas, who shut down the Explorers on five hits while striking out eight. He also got a big double-play ball in the fifth.
"He was very, very good tonight and exactly what we needed," Triad coach Jesse Bugger sad. "Him going the distance tonight was huge."
Geoffrey Ferguson's RBI single in the third accounted for Marquette's only run.
Triad's Tyler Carpenter led off the second inning with a double and Lucas Infanti was hit by a pitch. The runners were bunted over and Jared Crutcher had an RBI single, with the Knights adding another run on a Marquette throwing error and Tyler Derleth's RBI single.
Crutcher was 2-for-3 with an RBI.