The Lewis-Clark State baseball team will play for the national title after rallying to beat William Carey of Mississippi 12-7 in the NAIA World Series Wednesday night at Harris Field.
Colfax senior J.J. Robinson homered twice and drove in three runs and senior rightfielder Logan Griffin also homered and plated three as the Warriors overcame an early six-run deficit.
All told, LC hit five homeruns and scored 11 unanswered runs between the 2nd and 7th innings.
Senior righthander Connor Brodgdon overcame a shaky start going 7 innings on the mound, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits with four walks and four strikeouts to earn his second series win. Senior righty David Wilson threw 2 innings of one hit ball to finish the game.
With the win, LC improves to 39-13 and advances into the national championship game for the 5th straight year.
Meanwhile, Faulkner’s Ivan Pelaez pitched into the 8th inning to beat Oklahoma City 5-3 in an elimination game.
The lefthander scattered 6 hits and struck out four to up his record to 11-3.
Faulkner centerfielder John Price homered at the plate and took an Oklahoma City homerun away defensively to lead the Eagles to the win.
Faulkner improves to 53-11.
Thursday night’s title game is a rematch of last year’s championship tilt. If Faulkner wins they will force a winner-take-all championship game Friday.
The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm with live coverage on AM 950 KOZE and streaming online at koze.com. (KOZE Sports)