The St. Francis baseball team managed to clinch the Class 3A sectional semifinal Wednesday, with a 6-5 victory over Ridgewood.
Spartans hitter LT Hicks had a sacrifice fly driving in KC Zimmerman. Tom Ameche had a single in the bottom of the fourth Tom Ameche, Jack Roback had an infield hit and Ryan Acciavatti had an RBI double. The Rebels couldn't follow through on a center field relay which allowed Roback to score and Acciavatti to move to third. Eric Stout drove in PJ Preusser, and a ball got past a fielder allowing Joel Birch to score, giving the Spartans a 6-1 advantage mid-game.
The Spartans were able to maintain their lead as the Rebels stormed back scoring four times. A throw by Scott Purdom stopped a potential tying run at home plate for the Spartans.
Stout ended up with the win and Roback the save.
The Spartans (24-12) play in the sectional championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jun. 4.