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Concord players cheer after a score. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brenden Curry winds up to pitch. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Jarrod Beverly is cheered as he heads in to the dugout. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Nicholas DeFreese chases a bouncing hit. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Nicholas DeFreese throws to first. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge pitcher Payton Carson winds up. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge catcher Andrew Kennedy catches some shade during an intensely hot afternoon for baseball. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge's Cameron Ridenour makes contact. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge's Jake Baylis (2) high fives Crag Kasten as he scores. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warsaw's Peter Shepherd just misses a high pop fly at the fence. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warwaw's Dean Katris dives back to first, tended by Northridge's Matt Miller. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge's Matt Miller dives back to first under Warsaw's Caleb Moneyheffer. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord catcher Jake Vernon shakes hands with the home plate umpire after the Minutmen win. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial's Noah Pawlak winds up. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial's Cameron Maxwell swings at a pitch. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Jake Vernon swings away. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Stephen Pinarski celebrates after scoring. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial catcher Daniel Asbury walks back to the plate after talking to pitcher Noah Pawlak. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial players and coaches conference on the mound. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial catcher Daniel Asbury talks to pitcher Noah Pawlak. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge's Matt Miller stretches out off the bag to grab a wide throw and manages to tag the runner out. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial's Derrick Oley looks for the throw at first as Concord's Duncan Boone dives back in. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial pitcher Noah Pawlak winds up. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord players cheer as they come off the field. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Nicholas DeFreese gets the throw at second as Elkhart Memorial's Jacob Tucker slides in. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brenden Curry prepares to pitch. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord catcher Jake Vernon warms up his pitcher at the start of the frame. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial players return to the dugout between innings as Concord jumps ahead. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brett Austin swings at a pitch. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brett Neveraski rounds third to score. Concord baseball defeated Memorial 7-2 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warsaw's Dean Katris (10) scores behind Northridge's Andrew Kennedy. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge players cheer after a score. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge's Sam Troyer gets some attention from an official after getting hit in the arm. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge players cheer from the dugout. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge players cheer between innings. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge's Jake Baylis swings at a pitch. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warsaw pitcher Kevin Hawley winds up. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warsaw pitcher Kevin Hawley winds up. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warsaw pitcher Kevin Hawley winds up. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Northridge pitcher Payton Carson winds up. Warsaw baseball topped Northridge 7-3 in a sectional semi game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Saturday, May 31, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Concord, Warsaw win in Elkhart Sectional baseball semifinals
Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.

ELKHART — Concord saw its confidence grow with early success.

Warsaw strung hits together for a five-run third inning.

Concord beat Elkhart Memorial 7-2 and Warsaw topped Northridge 7-3 Saturday, May 31, in the semifinals of the Class 4A Elkhart Sectional at Memorial's Charger Field.

Concord beat NLC opponent Memorial again (the squads split the first two meetings).

The Minutemen (14-15) and Tigers (11-15) are scheduled to play for the championship at 6 p.m. Monday, June 2. The two Northern Lakes Conference clubs split two games during the regular season (8-1 Warsaw and 5-3 Concord).

Brenden Curry doubled and later scored on a mishandled ball in the outfield to spot Concord to 1-0 lead in the second inning.

"To push that one across for us was huge," said Minutemen coach Jim Treadway. "Once we broke through, we believed we could score some runs."

Curry drove in three runs and also pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts.

"That's a good team," said Treadway of Memorial (17-12-1). "Curry did an unbelievable job of keeping them off-balance."

"(Curry) was effectively erratic," said Chargers coach Scott Rost. "He was in the zone enough to get us swinging and — at the same time — he was erratic enough that we had trouble squaring it up consistently.”

There were plenty of offensive chances for Northridge (16-12), which collected 11 hits against Warsaw. The Raiders left nine baserunners on base, including six at either second or third base with two each stranded in the second, third and fourth innings.

Justin Oberlin knocked in three runs and Brandon Shipp plated two for the Tigers.

Sam Troyer had two hits, including a double, and scored two bases and scored one run for Northridge.

4A Elkhart Sectional

Semifinals

Concord 7, Elkhart Memorial 2

Memorial 000 000 2 — 2 2 1

Concord 010 330 x — 7 8 1

Scottie Clark (L), Noah Pawlak (5) and Daniel Asbury; Brenden Curry (W) and Jake Vernon.

Concord: Hits — Curry 2, Stephen Pinarski 2. 2B — Curry, Brett Neveraski, Matt Williams. RBI — Curry 3, Neveraski 2. Runs — Pinarski 2, Nick DeFreese 2. DP — Concord. U — Harold Gingerich, plate; Scott Siler, first base; Rob Bjorkland, third base. T — 1:49.

Records: Concord 14-15, Memorial 17-12-1.

Warsaw 7, Northridge 3

Northridge 001 100 x — 3 11 1

Warsaw 005 101 x — 7 7 0

Payton Carson (L), Travis Miller (4), Steven Frye (5) and Andrew Kennedy; Kevin Hawley (W), Tyler LaFollette (5) and Peter Shepherd.

Northridge: Hits — Sam Troyer 2, Matt Miller 2. 2B — Troyer, Jake Baylis. SB — Troyer 2, Grant Miller 2.

Warsaw: Hits — Justin Oberlin 2, Dean Katris 2. 2B — Katris, Caleb Moneyheffer. RBI — Oberlin 3, Brandon Shipp 2. Runs — Katris 2. SB — Oberlin 2. DP — Warsaw. U — Rob Bjorkland, plate; Harold Gingerich, first base; Scott Siler, third base. T — 1:54.

Records: Warsaw 11-15, Northridge 16-12.

Next: Concord vs. Warsaw 6 p.m. Monday, June 2, in championship of Class 4A Elkhart Sectional.