South Central won its first regional championship since 2010 by defeating Edwards County, 4-3, on Saturday at the Wayne City Regional.
The top-seeded Cougars wasted no time getting on the board, posting three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Senior Colby Bushue opened his 3-for-3 game with a single and a stolen base before scoring on a single by junior Fischer Tharp.
Senior Cole Armstrong reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.
Heath Hoffmann would then single, and senior Luke Krajefska drove him home with a hit.
Krajefska also picked up the win from the mound, tossing a complete game and striking out 12.
Larry Schoreck drove home Armstrong with a sacrifice fly in the third inning to put South Central ahead, 4-0.
Third-seeded Edwards County would come back in the fifth, however, scoring three times with two outs.
The Lions were able to get the tying run on base two different times in the top of the seventh inning, but Krajefska struck out Edwards County's cleanup hitter to end the game.
With the win, South Central advanced to the St. Anthony Sectional in Effingham.
The Cougars played Windsor, champions of the Moweaqua Regional, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Results of that game will be posted at www.leaderunion.com on Thursday morning.
If the Cougars won that game, they will continue on to Saturday's 10 a.m. sectional final against either Stew-Stras or St. Anthony.
Saturday, May 19
at Wayne City Regional
South Central 4
Edwards County 3
WP: Krajefska (4-4); 7 IP, 12 K, 3 R, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 BB
LP: Vanbluren; 2 IP, 0 K
Cougars: Bushue, 3-for-3, run; Tharp, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; Armstrong, 1-for-3, 2 runs; Krajefska, 1-for-3, RBI; Hoffmann, 1-for-3, run; Colton Wilkins, 1-for-2; Bret Pitts, 1-for-3; Schoreck, RBI.
In last Wednesday's regional semifinal, South Central had little trouble in defeating Wayne City, taking the game, 13-0.
Armstrong led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, including two doubles and three RBI.
The Cougars put the game away with an eight-run third inning.
Daniel Diss picked up the win, tossing three innings and striking out three.
Wednesday, May 16
at Wayne City Regional
South Central 13
Wayne City 0
WP: Diss (7-1); 3 IP, 3 K, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB
LP: Manahan; 2 2/3 IP, 0 K
Cougars: Armstrong, 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Wilkins, 2-for-4, 3 RBI; Schoreck, 2-for-2, 2B, RBI; Rudy Hablewitz, 2-for-2.