The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Baseball: Familiar Footing

  • Bulldogs back in regional championship game for fifth straight season
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  • Junior Matthew Phipps tossed a complete game two-hitter as Harrisburg advanced to its 14th straight baseball regional final with a 4-0 victory over Carterville Wednesday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2A Carterville regional.
    The Bulldogs will take on either Murphysboro or Vienna Saturday morning at 10 at Carterville in the regional championship.
    Phipps (4-3) only faced one over the minimum and didn’t allow a hit after the second inning. The righty struck out five and didn’t walk a batter against the Lions (10-16).
    “Phipps was outstanding,” said Harrisburg coach Jay Thompson. “He gave up a couple of hits in the first couple of innings, but after that he was in complete control. I don’t think they hit a ball hard after the second inning.”
    Sophomore Noah Vallette got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Davis crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the fourth inning to extend that lead.
    The game was delayed by lightning for about 45 minutes in the middle of the fifth.
    Following the stoppage, Harrisburg (19-11) got its final run on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Luce.
    “We played extremely well defensively,” said Thompson. “Carson Batts was huge at third base today. He made four or five really good plays. We didn’t hit much, but we did enough to survive another day.”
    HHS has won regionals in 12 of the past 13 seasons, including four in a row. Harrisburg has beaten Vienna in the past two regional finals, but has not played the Eagles this year. The Bulldogs swept the regular season series from two-seed Murphysboro.
    Harrisburg heads into the regional final on a season-high seven game winning streak.
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