All the Southeastern baseball team needed was a chance.
Shad Flesner gives the Suns such an opportunity every time he toes the rubber.
The right-handed junior struck out 16 and got an assist from teammate Brayden Winters to finish off a 4-2 victory over second-seeded Central in Wednesday's semifinal of the Class 1A Central Regional.
Ninth-seeded Southeastern (10-12) will face either third-seeded Unity or fifth-seeded Liberty in Saturday's 11- a.m. regional championship. The Mustangs and Eagles are scheduled
The Suns led 4-1 going to the bottom of the seventh when Kollen Hughes doubled with one out before Flesner lost control. After striking out Noah Strohkirch for the second out, he walked three straight batters to force in a run.
Southeastern coach Cyle Rigg pulled Flesner, who had thrown 117 pitches, for Winters, and he struck out Hayden Neisen to end the game.
The Suns built their lead systematically, scoring once in the fourth as Jaise Heaton led off by being hit by a pitch, went to third on Bishop Roberts single and scored on Colby Ellis' sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Brock Winters reached on an error, was sacrificed to second, went to third on a single and scored when Roberts delivered a two-run single.
An error on a Peyton Clampitt grounder allowed the Panthers (13-10) to get a run back in the sixth, but Southeastern tacked on another in the top of the seventh when Kyle O'Neal was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Hughes and Clampitt combined to hold the Suns to just four hits, while striking out eight.
Quincy High School 11, Illini West 1: Donovan Prost had three hits and drove in four runs as the Blue Devils picked up a non-conference victory in the final week of the regular season.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning with RBI singles from Grayson Cook and Charlie Carpenter. Lincoln Gooding drove in the only run for Illini West with an single in the third, but Trevor Wiemelt answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning and Prost followed with a two-run double.
Kade Zanger hit an RBI double in the fifth, and Prost ended the game with an RBI single.
Ryan Camerer tossed all five innings, allowing four hits with five strikeouts for Quincy (8-19). Wiemelt had three hits, while Gooding had two.
Scotland County 9, Putnam County 7: A four-run lead in the seventh inning of the Class 2 District 13 championship game never felt safe, but the Tigers were able to strand the bases loaded as Brandon Burrus struck out the Midgets' Fowler to end the game.
Scotland County advances to face Bishop LeBlond (7-12) in the sectionals.
The Tigers (14-5) scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie, getting a two-run double from Will Fromm and a bases-loaded walk by Jacob McDaniel. In the top of the seventh, however, three walks loaded the bases with one out.
An infield error allowed one run to score and kept the bases loaded. A sacrifice fly plated another run before a walk reloaded the bases.
Burrus got Fowler to swing at a full-count fastball for the game-ending strikeout.
Brady Curry had two hits for the Tigers, while McDaniel drove in three runs.
North Mac 11, Pittsfield 2: The Saukees were held to four hits in the Class 2A regional semifinal in Auburn. Cade Tomhave gave Pittsfield a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the third, but North Mac took a 3-1 lead in the fourth and piled on six runs in the sixth.
Pittsfield (11-14) scored on an RBI double by Brock Ladner in the sixth.
Quincy 11, Illini West 1
Illini West 001 00--1 4 2
Quincy 504 02--11 12 0
Gooding, Murphy (1), Lord (2), Anders (3), Endres (4) and Pollock; Camerer and Mettemeyer. WP--Camerer. LP--Gooding. 2B--Illini West 1 (Gooding), Quincy 2 (Prost, Zanger).
Class 1A Central Regional
Southeastern 4, Central 2
Southeastern 000 120 1--4 4 3
Central 000 001 1--2 3 2
Flesner, Bra. Winters (7) and Ellis; Hughes, Clampitt (5), Jones (6) and Long, Bross (7). WP--Flesner. LP--Hughes. 2B--Central 1 (Hughes).
Class 2 District 15
Scotland County 9, Putnam County 7
Putnam 000 104 2--7 6 1
Scotland 000 315 x--9 9 2
Pearson, Zeidenwith (6) and Zeidenwith, Pearson (6); Fromm, Burrus (6) and Anders. WP--Fromm. LP--Pearson. 2B--Putnam 1 (Fowler), Scotland 4 (Burrus, Sanchez, Triplett, Fromm).
Class 2A Auburn Regional
North Mac 11, Pittsfield 2
Pittsfield 001 001 0--2 4 6
North Mac 000 362 x--11 9 1
Shaw, Scranton (5) and Casto, Ladner (6); Thoroman, Hendricks (6) and Hatalla. WP--Thoroman. LP--Shaw. 2B--Pittsfield 2 (Ladner, Scranton), North Mac 1 (Hatalla). 3B--North Mac 1 (Hatalla).