EVERETT - Top-seeded Everett scored once in the fourth inning and three more times in the fifth to deal Windber a 5-2 loss in the District 5 Class AA baseball semifinals on Tuesday.
Everett only had eight hits to Windber's six, but it was enough to improve the Warriors to 13-6.
"We hit the ball when we needed to," Everett coach Mike Kline said. "Nothing too damaging or too hard, but we got some big hits at the right time."
Down 5-1 in the top of the seventh, Windber (8-12) had two outs and two on when Tyler Zubrucky reached on a error. Brad Ditzler, the lone Rambler with two hits, drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in a run. The rally ended when the player on second was caught in a rundown and thrown out.
Neither team was able to get on the board until the fourth inning. Everett jumped out to a 1-0 lead off the bat of Jake Stover. The No. 9 hitter drove in a run with a single to shallow center. Windber catcher Dan Berkey threw out a runner at third on the play to end the inning.
The No. 1 seeded Warriors (13-6) scored three more runs in the fifth inning. Kyle Droz smacked a two-run single past second for the 3-0 lead. Two batters later, A.J. Johnson hit an RBI single through the same spot in the infield.
Everett will face top-seeded Bedford in the District 5-AA championship game on Thursday at a site to be determined.
Bisons KO Cougars
BOSWELL - For the second time in as many years, Bedford knocked North Star out of the playoffs, ending the Cougars' season short of winning a District 5 baseball championship.
The Bisons (7-8) beat the Cougars in the Class AA title game last season. This time, elimination came a round earlier as Bedford dealt North Star a 9-4 semifinal loss on Tuesday. Winning pitcher Ryan Robinette kept North Star's normally hard-hitting lineup in check through 6 innings. He scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked three. Marcus Shippey recorded the final out in the bottom of the seventh.