C. Milton Wright scored again in the third on a Dominic Jankovich single to plate Spurlock, who reached base via a hit by pitch.
Lee Sang didn’t allow a run the rest of the game. He allowed five hits and four runs (one earned) in his seven innings. He struck out three and walked one.
“Having a guy like that is great for our program,” said Northern head coach Bobby Gibbons. “You guys haven’t heard the last of Marcus as a baseball player.”
Wright cruised through the first five innings before being pulled for reliever Joe Burns. Amaral pulled him to keep Wright under the pitch count that would disqualify him from throwing in Saturday’s state championship.
Burns recorded two outs in the sixth before allowing three straight hits and two runs.
Northern’s Nick Cook hit a triple down the right-field line to score Nick White, and Bryce Leslie singled home Cook to put the Patriots down 4-2.
Amaral then put Wright, who went to play the field after he was pulled, back on the mound. After allowing a single to the first batter he faced in the sixth, Wright retired the next four batters in order — three by strikeout — to send the Mustangs to the state final.
“It was a pitch-count thing. We took a gamble to see if he could pitch the next game,” said Amaral. “We felt confident, but it didn’t work out. We knew we had that safety valve, because Hunter is just a gamer. We knew he was the type of kid we could bring back in and close it down.”