Beau Jolliff and Chase Dodson homered, and Spencer Johannes twirled a shutout to give South Central third place in the National Trail Conference Tournament last Friday.
Jolliff’s two-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead, and Dodson followed up with a round-tripper an inning later.
Johannes allowed four hits while striking out six and walking two to pick up the complete-game shutout.
South Central – Thompson 1-2, run, walk; C. Dodson 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI, home run; Jolliff 2-3, run, home run, 2 RBI; Cowger 0-3; A. Dodson 0-2, walk; Rubin 0-3; Johannes 0-3; Dunn 0-2; Watwood 1-2, run.
South Central advanced to the third-place game after being edged by Effingham St. Anthony, 8-7, last Wednesday.
St. Anthony scored three runs in the top of the first inning, and the Cougars responded with a run in the bottom of the frame.
South Central scored five runs in the third inning to lead 6-3 after three innings, but plated just one more run after that.
St. Anthony scored two runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Aiden Dodson and Chase Dodson homered for the Cougars, and Sebastian Cowger doubled and drove in two runs.
Chase Dodson allowed seven hits and six runs, four earned, while striking out nine and walking four in 4 2/3 innings, and Aiden Dodson followed up with 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs while holding St. Anthony hitless, striking out one and walking three.
South Central – Thompson 1-4, run; C. Dodson 1-4, run, RBI, home run; Jolliff 0-3, run, walk; Cowger 2-3, 2 RBI, double; A. Dodson 1-3, run, home run, 3 RBI; Johannes 0-3; Rubin 0-3; Dunn 0-2, run, walk; Hiestand 0-3; Brandt (courtesy runner).