By Jason Maholy
Branden Comia belted a long first-inning homer to provide Sandburg the only run it would need, and the Eagles advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals with a 3-0 win over O’Fallon on Monday in the Champaign Supersectional.
Sandburg (28-6), which won its only state baseball championship in 2002, will play Plainfield North at 5 p.m. Friday at Joliet Route 66 Stadium with a berth in the title game on the line.
Eagles senior left-hander Seth Masters (4-0) allowed two hits in 4 1/3 innings and earned the victory, and Sandburg relievers Andrew Tenison and Comia preserved the shutout. Masters and senior catcher Ryan Hampe each contributed RBI singles.
Sandburg advanced to the supersectional with an 8-0 victory over Marist in the Lockport Sectional championship game. The RedHawks had defeated the Eagles twice this season, with Marist hurlers allowing only one run over the two contests. Sandburg’s Evan Tenuta clubbed a homer and drove in three runs; Comia had three hits including a double to go with two RBI and a run scored; and Ian Sanders scored twice. Tommy Windt allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn his sixth victory of the season.
Marist made it to the sectional title game with a 5-0 victory over Andrew in a game that began May 31 and was suspended on account of lightning, then picked up in the top of the third inning on June 1.