Breaking Down the Final Four

The Houston Tigers will play in their first-ever baseball final four when they square off with West County at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the MSHSAA Class 2 semifinals.

The other semifinal includes defending state champion and undefeated Blair Oaks, which will face Lexington at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Meador Park.

Houston (17-6) is riding a high since winning the program’s sixth district title. The Tigers downed Conway on Wednesday for their first sectional victory in team history, and Friday took another historic step with a 10-0 five-inning victory at Purdy in the quarterfinals.

Houston has outscored its five postseason opponents – Willow Springs, Seymour, Mansfield, Conway and Purdy – by a combined score of 57-15. The Tigers have reached double digits in all five games.

Houston will likely send ace Gus Durst to the mound against West County, which defeated third-ranked South Pemiscot 2-0 on Saturday. Durst, who threw a three-hitter and struck out seven against Purdy, is 7-2 with a 1.58 ERA. He has struck out 53 batters in 53 innings.

West County, from Park HIlls, squeaked through sectionals with a 9-8 win against Clearwater. The quarterfinal game against South Pemiscot was scoreless when it was delayed in the fifth inning Friday. It resumed Saturday morning.

The championship game will be played at 1 p.m. Thursday. The third-place game is at 10 a.m.

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