BLOOMINGTON — Ben Wellman's sacrifice fly scored Caleb Kennel in the top of the sixth inning and sixth-seeded Bloomington hung on to upend No. 3 Metamora, 5-4, in a Class 3A BHS Baseball Regional semifinal game Thursday at Howard Saar Field.
Jesse Goropesek threw a complete game as the Purple Raiders improved to 12-21. BHS meets No. 2 University High at 11 a.m. Saturday in the championship game.
Goropesek (3-5) allowed nine hits and three earned runs. He struck out nine and didn't issue any walks.
"Goropesek pitched a fantastic game for us," said BHS coach Steve Clapp. "I hate to use a cliche, but it was bend but don't break. He threw some big pitches for us, especially late in the game."
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Kennel had two hits and two RBIs for BHS, which trailed 3-1 after three innings. Wellman and Liam McGill also had two of the Raiders' seven hits each.
"We had seven strikeouts in the first three innings, but only one after that," said Clapp. "We started grinding good at-bats. The kids did a nice job making adjustments."
U High beat BHS, 6-3, earlier in the season. The Raiders will be without their shortstop, McGill, who will be competing as one of the top pole vaulters in the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet at Charleston.
"He's blessed being good at two things and unfortunately the calendar falls with both of those on the same day," said Clapp. "We wish him nothing but the best."