Senior Matt Dutkowski pitched a two hitter and struck out 10, to lead NorthWood to an 8-1 victory over Tippecanoe Valley to earn a berth in the Class 3A Wawasee Baseball Sectional title game.
The Panthers, now 17-7 on the year, will face Angola (14-12) in Monday's title game at Wawasee.
On Saturday, Dutkowski also had three hits and drove in a run for the Panthers, who will be shooting for their seventh straight sectional title.
Trey Allman and Jack Wysong each had a pair of hits for NorthWood, while Sergio Lira Ayala had a triple for the Panthers and scored a pair of runs.
On Monday, the Panthers are expected to face Angola's Aaron Chao, who has a 9-0 record for the Hornets this season with a 0.50 earned run average. The Eastern Illinois signee is also hitting .485 and homered in Angola's 9-8 win over Wawasee on Saturday.
NORTHWOOD 8, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 1
Trippiedi (L), Paxton (4), Johnston (7); Matt Dutkowski (W).
NorthWood: Hits – Dutkowski 3, Jack Wysong 2, Trey Allman 2. 3B – Sergio Lira Ayala. 2B – Wysong, Cooper Davis. RBI – Davis 2, Lira Ayala 2. Runs – Lira Ayala 2.
Record: NorthWood 17-7.
• CLASS 1A: Bethany Christian advance to the Class 1A Fremont Sectional title game by beating Lakewood Park 10-5.
Winning pitcher Beck Willems pitched five innings and struck out nine for the Bruins, while also picking up a pair of hits. Jacob Plan and Tony Moser finished the game on the mound for Bethany.
Plank also had a pair of hits for the Bruins, who put the game out of reach by scoring three times in the top of the seventh inning.
The Bruins will face Fremont, a 4-0 winner over Elkhart Christian, in Monday's title game.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 10, LAKEWOOD PARK 5
Beck Willems (W), Jacob Plank (6), Tony Moser (7).