Tanner Tully pitched eight scoreless innings across two games Saturday to lead Elkhart Central to its first regional championship in baseball in 25 years.
Cory Malcom started the 4A Regional Semifinal game against NIC foe Clay in the afternoon. After Clay tied the game at 4, Tully came in and threw four score innings as Central pulled out the 5-4 win in 11 innings.
Tully, who will pitch next season at Ohio State, then started game two and was outstanding, giving up just one hit in four innings as Central built a 4-0 lead. When Tully came out, Lake Central quickly scored two runs to pull within two. But the Blazers did not give up another run holding on for the 4-2 win.
It's the 4th regional championship in school history for Elkhart and the first since 1988.
Central, 30-1, will face Lafayette Jefferson next Saturday in Semi-State. That game will either be at Covelski Stadium or Kokomo.
In 3A, South Bend St. Joe lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals, giving up a walkoff grand slam in the 7th inning to lose to Western 9-8 at Plymouth.
NorthWood's regional game was moved to Monday.