The Greenville Blue Jays play for a regional championship Monday afternoon.
The Jays will battle Edwardsville Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. at the Edwardsville High School turf field.
Greenville grabbed a 5-1 victory in Saturday’s semifinal game over Roxana.
Coach Trevor Stoecklin said the final score doesn’t reflect how tense the game was. Rowdy Sussenbach notched the pitching win with Dayton Oliver getting a one-pitch save.
The Jays took the lead in the opening inning when Sussenbach doubled and Tyler Battaglia delivered a two-out single. That would still be the score when the game reached the seventh inning, as Sussenbach kept Roxana batters off balance and the Blue Jays played good defense.
In the top of the seventh, Tucker Spratt was hit by a pitch for the Jays. A sacrifice bunt by Ben Weidemann moved pinch runner Brock Reidemann to second. An intentional walk to Jace Ackerman followed.
Griffin Prater was asked to bunt, moving his two teammates up on the base paths and he was safe at first to load the bases.
Sussenbach was up next and banged out a base hit to drive in two and make it 3-0. A Roxana error led to two more runners scoring.
Roxana was able to score in the last of the seventh.
It was the Jays second victory in the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 3A Regional. They began post-season play with a victory over Granite City.