By Steve Robinson | May 7, 2010 - 10:45 pm

BaseballBLOOMINGTON – Once Bloomington Central Catholic’s baseball team reached their Olympia head baseball coach Ron Smith thought his Spartans were in for a long night. Bloomington scored three runs before even one of Smith’s Spartans had the chance for an at-bat.

But by the end of the contest, Olympia had turned the tables, defeating the Saints, 5-3 Friday night at Illinois Wesleyan’s Jack Horenberger Field, and advanced to the Corn Belt Conference championship game.

Olympia will meet Mahomet Seymour for the Corn Belt Conference title Saturday night at 7p.m. at Horenberger Field.

Olympia (22-7) opened up the game with a 1-0 lead, as Chase Hainline opened the contest with a triple and motored home with two outs, putting the visiting Spartans up, 1-0.

OlympiaAndrew Holt’s double with two on, gave BCC the chance to take a 3-1 lead, scoring leadoff man Thomas Prior, who opened the game being hit by Oly starter Jack Turner, and Stuart Nafziger who bunted his way onto first.

Olympia catcher Brett Wigginton’s crossing home plate in the third inning closed BCC’s lead, 3-2. wigginton was powered home thanks to an RBI from Hainline.

The two sides put on a defensive show for the third, fourth, and fifth innings, each team making one pitching change in the sixth inning.

Olympia was able to load the bases off BCC reliever Chris Highland in the sixth inning, with Zach Zindel, Zack Talbert, and Matt Glenn each getting singles before Nafziger blasted the ball into the gap to score three runs for a double, giving Oly a 5-3 lead.

Oly relief pitcher Pratt sat down BCC’s batters Zach Holt, Rob Prior, and Tim Coonan in order to advance to the championship game Saturday. Jack Turner was the winning pitcher for Oly, and Jess Heaton took the loss for BCC.

Central Catholic“I was really happy with Turner being able to settle down at hold them at bay after that first inning,” Smith said. “It adds a lot to his credit for (his) being a sophomore.”

Smith said he told his players the reason he went to Pratt in the closing innings was because “I had great confidence he was going to throw strikes. He wasn’t going to walk anybody (and) he’s a great athlete on the mound and he showed that when he covered first during this game.”

“When you play Olympia with the kind of quality program Ron Smith has, you never feel easy,” said BCC head coach Jeff Paul. “They swung the bats pretty well that inning, put some runners in scoring position, and did a good job of hitting.”

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