MUNSTER | Antonio Majstorov just needed to calm down.
The Lake Central hurler gave up two runs -- one due to his own throwing error in the first inning -- before settling in and shutting down Lowell in an 8-2 win in the first round of the Munster sectional Saturday.
"I was kind of overly pumped, so my adrenaline was through the roof," Majstorov said. "I never actually make errors like that. Those are easy for me."
The senior struck out five of the next six batters after giving up that second run. He allowed only two hits over seven innings, retiring the final 10 hitters.
"He was really sharp after that first inning," L.C. coach Jeff Sandor said. "His fastball started tilting down on him."
Lake Central will meet Morton in the semifinals. The Governors topped West Side 9-1 in the second game.
L.C. hit Red Devils starter Daniel Garza hard early. Brenden Seren's first-inning, two-run home run to left was a bullet that left the yard in a hurry.
"I don't think we were very flashy offensively. I don't think we ran the bases very well," Sandor said. "All we care about now is winning. Win and move."
The Devils (11-15) got those runs right back in their half of the first. Myles Siedentopf's sacrifice fly to right field brought in Bryan Thomas and Logan Schiessle scored on Majstorov's error.
"We got off to a fast start. We just couldn't carry it through the whole game," Lowell coach Bobby Wong said. "(Lake Central) responded to how we came out and then we just didn't have an answer to how they put runs on the board."
The game opened up in the fourth, as the Indians scored two more and Garza was pulled in favor of lefty Joshua Arnold. L.C. (20-8) added four more over the final three frames.
Morton (13-9) got two first-inning runs on passed balls and another on Patrick McCormack's single. Aurelio Cazares singled in two more as part of a four-run second inning and the rout was on.
"We told the kids 'Let's get on them early and often and keep on putting on the pressure,'" manager Scott Lush said. "We kind of relaxed there and didn't put them away."
West Side (12-12) notched its first hit with two outs in the fourth when Paco Jordan singled to left. Governors starter Toby Mielenz threw a complete game, allowing only one run and striking out six.
Jordan pitched well in relief for the Cougars. The junior southpaw threw five innings, allowing only two runs.
"I'm happy for West Side. They turned their program around," Lush said. "You've got to give them credit."