Tyler Greene and Zach Lindsay combined on a four-hitter as the Mascoutah Indians continued to get strong postseason pitching during a 3-1 win over the Waterloo Bulldogs on Saturday in the championship game of the Class 3A Columbia Regional.
Greene worked the first six innings, giving up one run for the win. Lindsay closed out the seventh for a save.
"Our pitching staff in the regional was excellent,'' Mascoutah coach Don Eddy said. "We allowed five runs in three games. Kudos to our pitching staff, kudos to our defense.''
It'll be another Mississippi Conference matchup for the Indians (22-14) in the sectional. They'll play the Triad Knights (24-11) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 3A Effingham Sectional.
The Bulldogs ended their season at 23-10.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Maciek Milas was hit by a pitch and scored when a Tyler Greene liner got past the diving left fielder for a double.
The Bulldogs tied it at 1-1 in the sixth.
Zach Schaab and Jeremy Rettig walked and Ryan Aycock singled over the third baseman to drive in a run.
The Indians pushed across the go-ahead runs in the seventh.
Lindsay led off with a double and was bunted to third.
After Alex King was intentionally walked, Lindsay came home on a balk.
Robert Pearson then drove in an insurance run with a single. Pearson went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI in the game.
Aycock accounted for three of Waterloo's four hits.
Alton 2, Edwardsville 0
Bryan Hudson and Raymond Bailey combined on a four-hit shutout as the Alton Redbirds beat the Edwardsville Tigers in the championship game of the Class 4A Edwardsville Regional.
Hudson allowed three hits, while striking out five and walking four in five innings of work.
Bailey allowed one hit, while striking out three and walking one in two innings of work.
Bailey also had a solo homer and Clint Kress had an RBI single to account for the Redbirds' scoring.
The Redbirds (25-9) advance to the Normal Sectional, where they'll play the Belleville East Lancers (21-13) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Belleville West High School.
Edwardsville, which beat Alton twice during the regular season, ended its season at 28-4.
Gibault 17, Mount Olive 0
The Gibault Hawks banged out 14 hits in routing the Mount Olive Wildcats in the championship game of the Class 1A Carlinville Sectional.
Wes Degener led the hit parade by going 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and four RBIs.
Chase Dugan, Mitch Meyer and Alec Skaer all chipped in two hits.
Gibault pitcher Austin Beccue surrendered only one hit in four innings. He struck out nine and walked one.
The Hawks (22-11) will play the winner of the Lewistown Sectional, either Jacksonville Routt or Pawnee, in the Edwardsville Super-Sectional at SIU-Edwardsville.
Jacksonville Routt was leading 2-0 over Pawnee when the game was suspended Saturday. The game is slated to be completed at 11 a.m. Monday in Jacksonville.
Carlyle 7, Du Quoin 4
The Carlyle Indians belted five homers, including two from Matt Hilmes, in beating Du Quoin in the championship game of the Class 2A Nashville Sectional.
Carlyle (26-7) will play Teutopolis at 5 p.m. Monday at GCS Ballpark in the Class 2A Sauget Super-Sectional.
Carlyle grabbed a 4-0 lead thanks to solo home runs from Tyson Boehne and Hilmes and a two-run homer by John Becker.
After Du Quoin tied the score at 4-4, Kyle Jackson's solo homer pulled Carlyle back on front in the fifth inning.
Another homer by Hilmes provided some insurance for Carlyle and reliever Tyson Boehne, who walked two batters in the bottom of the seventh before getting out of the jam with a strikeout.