Kevin Kelly reports:
Chuck Harlow was going to allow himself and his players from Clayton Northmont until 2 p.m. Friday to savor what they accomplished Thursday.
“Until 2 o’clock, it’s a party going on,” the Thunderbolts coach said.
Northmont pulled off what few anticipated Thursday, handing top-ranked Mason a 6-1 loss in a Division I regional semifinal that will stand as the Comets’ first and final defeat of the season.
The Thunderbolts (23-7) advance to the regional final where they will play Moeller at 5 p.m. Friday at Marge Schott Stadium.
The defending Division I state champion Crusaders defeated Lakota East in Thursday’s early game.
“Moeller’s been there many times and we’re Cinderella,” Harlow said. “But we’re a Cinderella that’s working pretty hard. We’re going to show up tomorrow, I can tell you that.”
Mason’s undoing was four-run top of the first by Northmont. In an uncharacteristic display from a team that had allowed just four runs combined over its previous seven games, the Comets (26-1) made three errors, issued two walks and hit a batter.