MUNSTER | When the semifinal games of the Munster Sectional were delayed Monday morning because of the rain, the Lake Central baseball team went to breakfast at Aspen Cafe in St. John.
Tony Schneider had a skillet. If there's any credit that goes to the extra punch behind the ball that the senior first baseman hit in the seventh inning of the sectional title game against Munster, a healthy breakfast will take it.
Schneider's walkoff double that scored two runs gave Lake Central a 6-5 win against host Munster, propelling the defending Class 4A state champions into the regional.
"We didn't want this to be our last game as seniors," Schneider said. "We knew they had their big inning and we just needed our big inning to come through. It was the seventh."
Munster stared down a 1-0 deficit to tie the game 1-1, then take a 4-2 lead in the third inning buoyed by a home run from lead-off hitter Craig Dedelow.
The Mustangs then took a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh when Joe Jumonville scored on a two-out wild pitch.
Lake Central loaded the bases twice in the seventh, scored Ryan Burvan on a wild pitch, and set up Schneider's walkoff double.
Munster starter Mike Poulos went six innings and was replaced for the last two batters by Jonathan Azar, who won the quarterfinal game against Highland on Friday.
Lake Central starter Nick Kellams lasted two innings, before being replaced by Chuck Alexa, who had pitched an inning almost an hour and a half earlier in the semifinal game.
Alexa struck out seven batters, including five straight, after entering with two on and none out in the third.
"That kid earned the win today; there's no doubt about it," L.C. coach Jeff Sandor said. "We kept telling him, 'Give us one more zero, we'll find a run.' Once I saw our (top of the order) was coming back up, I felt good but when you're down by two that last run really hurt. At that point we're playing to tie it and keep them in there a little bit longer."
The Mustangs (21-9) lost to Lake Central in nine innings on April 2, hoping to meet the Indians (22-8) again in the sectional.
To do so, Munster beat E.C. Central 11-1 in six innings in a rain-delayed semifinal and Lake Central topped Morton 12-2.