Both Burkburnet Blacksox teams at the 17U AABC Don Mattingly World Series advanced to semifinal play with wins on Friday.
The 17U-Black team defeated the Ontario (Can.) Blue Jays 7-0 in morning action to stay alive, then beat Ocean Township (N.J.) 3-1 to reach the losers' bracket finals against the Oakland (MI) Bulldogs.
That same Oakland team beat the Blacksox Red on Friday morning 5-1, but the Blacksox bounced back to beat Team Colorado 5-1 behind a strong effort on the mound from Rider's Austin Hagy.
The Blacksox Red will face Cherry Creek (Colo.) Saturday morning.
Both semifinals games will be at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), with the finals on Sunday morning at the same time.
If both Blacksox teams reach the finals, then it will be a one-game championship, but if the Black advances to face unbeaten Cherry Creek in the final, they will need to beat the team from Colorado twice because they lost earlier in bracket play to their program-mates.
The Blacksox 17U-Black won the Mattingly World Series in 2010 in New Mexico, behind players such as Cameron Allen and Ben Smith.
Semifinals - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)
Game 1: Blacksox 17U-Black vs Oakland (Mich.)
Game 2: Blacksox 17U-Red vs Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Finals - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2
Game 4 (if necessary): Same teams, 12:30 p.m.