MUNSTER | Lake Central escaped a fourth-inning scare against Morton and the Governors' ace pitcher Aurielo Cazares.
The senior Cazares threw 145 pitches in a complete game, and held Morton close before he ran through the Indians order a third time.
Lake Central solved Cazares for nine runs in the final three innings of a 12-2, seven-inning victory in the second semifinal of the Munster Sectional on Monday.
The Indians advanced to play Munster in the final.
"Their kid's pretty good," Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor said. "When you're in a situation where you're pushing the at-bats, you draw some counts and make him throw the breaking ball 60 times, you could see our bats at the end, they weren't catching the barrel every time, but we had some seven, eight pitch at-bats."
Ryan Burvan opened the game with a triple, one of two extra-base hits for the Indians' leadoff man, and quickly scored in the first inning. A 3-0 lead in the second inning gave Lake Central an early lead.
Cazares held the lead forcing groundouts and a strikeout through most of the third and fourth innings.
The Morton offense rewarded its pitcher with two runs in the fourth as a Troy Charbonneaux single scored Cazares and Tim Skalba as the Govs (13-10) pulled within 3-2.
The Indians rallied with two runs in the fifth and another five in the sixth.
Burvan was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Nick Kellams and Alec Olund each drove in three runs and Kellams scored twice.
"They did a good job with a two-out walk and they strung together three hits and get the game to 3-2," Sandor said. "Our guys could have panicked a little bit and tightened up, and we put two on the board in the next inning and found a few more and blew it open after that."
Lake Central and Munster last played on April 2 in a nine-inning Indians win. L.C. is the defending Class 4A state champion.