The Lutheran St. Charles baseball team has played a mine-field of schedule and seen its share of peaks and valleys this season.
Now the Cougars are just one win away from making a trip to the Class 3 state tournament.
Lutheran St. Charles extended its season for another game Monday thanks to a 7-2 victory in a Class 3 sectional at Lutheran North.
Lutheran St. Charles (15-12) will take on either the winner of the Palmyra-South Calloway game that was postponed until Tuesday. The Cougars are tentatively expected to host the quarterfinal game on Wednesday.
Kory Carter, Justin Hunt, Ben Branco, John Hurayt and Patrick Secrist got the Cougars going by driving in runs as Lutheran St. Charles scored in all of the first three frames to go up 5-0.
That strong early offense gave Hurayt some help as he pitched in and out of of trouble to keep Lutheran North (12-15) under control.
The Crusaders broke the shutout bid up in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Tim Branneky. Connor Burnett brought home Lutheran North’s second run on an RBI-hit in the fifth inning.
Every time that Lutheran North scored, the Cougars had answers for them.
In the fourth, Carter got an infield hit to score a run and in the fifth, Brad Williams scored on a North error.
Hurayt earned the win as he pitched five innings, struck out seven and walked five. Matthew Leigh pitched two innings of scoreless relief giving up just one hit.
Carter, the Cougars junior first baseman, was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.