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The Minutemen celebrate their win. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord High School's Elkhart Sectional baseball champions are: (from left, first row) bat boy Nathan Schoenherr and assistant coach Sean Sears; (second row) manager Carter Rucker, Brenden Curry, Jarrod Beverly, Zack Stauffer, Matt Williams, Jason Grooms, Stephen Pinarski, Jake Vernon, Josh Hudnall and Alex Acosta; (third row) head coach Jim Treadway, assistant Bart McClane, Drew Wysong, Luke Simon, Nick DeFreese, Brett Neveraski, Brett Austin, Jake Wirt, Jake Boyer, Dylan Troyer, Duncan Boone, Trevor Wilmore, D'Yante Watson and assistants Kyle Konarski, Brent Curry, Doug Williams, Andy Namisnak and Jim DeFreese. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Duncan Boone grabs a fly ball. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brett Neveraski makes contact on a swing. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Warsaw players and coaches huddle on the pitcher's mound after pitcher Tyler LaFollette (right) beaned a Concord batter. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Stephen Pinarski gets hit by a pitch. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth)

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Concord's Brenden Curry grabs a ground ball. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Nick DeFreese pauses as he waits to pitch. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brett Austin dives back to first under Warsaw's Caleb Moneyheffer. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Nick DeFreese comes off the field after pitching an inning. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Matt Williams celebrates after making a tag for an inning-ending out. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord pitcher Nick DeFreese winds up. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The graduating seniors pose for a photo with the trophy. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The Minutemen joke with the tv cameraman and celebrate their win. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Duncan Boone (11) gets a hug from his grandmother Elizabeth Barone. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord players cheer each other and celebrate their win. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Matt Williams hangs on to the award plaque as the celebrations settle down. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord players cheer after their win. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Coach Sears (right) gives pitcher Nick DeFreese a hug after the Minutemen won. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord catcher Jake Tucker gets a throw from the dugout. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Clouds, rain and sun alternated over the field the night ofo the game. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Jason Grooms throws to first after fielding a grounder. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord pitcher Brenden Curry winds up. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Matt Williams (2) holds up his glove to show he has the ball after tagging Warsaw's Ethyn Bradley at second. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Matt Williams moves to tag Warsaw's Ethyn Bradley at second. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord pitcher Brenden Curry winds up. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Matt William slides back into first. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord's Brett Neveraski gets the throw at first as Warsaw's Tyler LaFollette slides back in. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord pitcher Nick DeFreese winds up. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The Concord dugout reacts as the Minutemen score their second and what would be the game-winning run. Concord baseball defeated Warwaw 2-1 in an IHSAA Elkhart sectional 4A final game hosted at Elkhart Memorial on Monday, June 2, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Concord edges Warsaw for first baseball sectional title since 2009
Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.

ELKHART — Concord collected its first Elkhart Sectional baseball championship since 2009 on Monday, June 2, and the game was a nail-biter.

The Minutemen (15-15) edged Warsaw 2-1 to earn a spot in the LaPorte Regional on Saturday, June 7, by getting gutty pitching and timely hits.

Concord wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth and went on to hoist the trophy.

Brenden Curry relieved starter Nick DeFreese with two runners on, walked the first batter he faced then got a strikeout, force out and strikeout with the infield and the outfield pulled in.

"That was obviously the turning point," said Minutemen coach Jim Treadway.

Curry, a semifinal winner on Saturday, May 31, against Northridge, retired three of four batters in the seventh to earn a save and DeFreese got the victory.

Warsaw's Justin Oberlin led off the game with a double, went to third base on Ethan Bradley's sacrifice bunt and scored on Caleb Heckaman's single.

Concord answered in the bottom of the first. With two outs, DeFreese rapped a single and scored on Curry's double.

In the Minutemen second, Jake Vernon socked a lead-off triple and pinch-runner Trevor Wilmore trotted home on Brett Austin's single.

Warsaw starter Tyler LaFollette gave up just four hits. The Tigers finished 11-16.

4A Elkhart Sectional

Championship

Concord 2, Warsaw 1

Warsaw 100 000 0 — 1 6 0

Concord 110 000 x — 2 4 0

Tyler LaFollette (L) and Peter Shepherd; Nick DeFreese (W), Brenden Curry (6, S) and Jake Vernon.

Warsaw: Hits — Ethyn Bradley 3. 2B — Justin Oberlin. RBI — Caleb Heckaman. Run — Oberlin.

Concord: 3B — Vernon. 2B — Curry. RBI — Curry, Brett Austin. Runs — DeFreese, Trevor Wilmore. U — Scott Siler, plate; Rob Bjorkland, first base; Harold Gingerich, third base. T — 2:01.

Records: Concord 15-15, Warsaw 11-16.

Next: Lake Central vs. Concord, Chesterton winner (Portage vs. Hobart) vs. Plymouth winner (SB Clay vs. Penn), 11:30 a.m. ET and following Saturday, June 7; 8 p.m. ET Championship.