The Metro East Bears rallied for four runs in the fifth inning in a 10-6 win over Danville on Friday at the American Legion State Baseball Tournament in Rantoul.
Trailing 5-3 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Bears (39-8) got a leadoff single from Kade Burns who advanced to third base on a double by Joel Quirin. After Burns scored on a single by Corey Price to cut the Danville lead to 5-4, Storm Coffman hit a ground ball that was booted for an error, allowing both Quirin and Price to score to give the Bears a 6-5 lead.
Tate Wargo added a run scoring single later in the inning to inrease the lead to 7-5. The Bears added two runs in the sixth inning on RBI by Blake Vandiver and Price and added a run in the eighth to take a 10-6 lead.
Kade Burns pitched the first 6 2/3 innings to get the win while Wargo retired the last seven Danville hitters to earn the save.
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With the win, the Bears advance into the title game at Wabash Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Metro East will play Danville which defeated Barrington 10-5 in an elimination game late Friday.
If neccessary, a second title game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday.