BOWLING GREEN – Perrysburg jumped out to a quick lead.
But Lima Senior right-hander Bryce Binkley made sure they wouldn’t pull away.
Perrysburg knocked off Lima Senior 3-1 in the Division I baseball district semifinals Wednesday at Carter Field’s Dunn Park.
Lima Senior coach Casey Reed said it was the Spartans’ first district appearance in baseball in 30 years and the Spartans battled and played well all the way.
Perrysburg scored two unearned runs in the first to take a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans got within 2-1 in the fourth. Perrysburg closed it out with a solo home run by Luke Borer in the home fifth to make it 3-1.
Lima Senior, which knocked off Findlay in the sectional finals, ends its season 9-19.
Perrysburg (19-10) advances to the district championship game against Sylvania Northview (15-12) at 5 p.m. Friday at Bowling Green.
Lima Senior coach Casey Reed was proud of his team’s effort on offense and defense.
“All year when the lights have come on our kids have fought,” Reed said. “Our kids came out and fought. Their coach said they were scared at one point (when it was 2-1, Perrysburg in the fifth).
“Our kids just fight and they put it on their shoulders to turn this program around, especially my four seniors and I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for his program. These guys will be remembered for that (making the district) and I’m just so proud of them.’’
Lima Senior right-hander Binkley pounded the strike zone the whole way with his fastball and breaking ball.
“I think we have a good future with the Lima Senior baseball program,” the senior Binkley said. “It was thrilling to have the opportunity to be able to play at this level of the tournament. If it wasn’t for the guys behind me, we wouldn’t have been able to make it.
He went all seven innings, giving up three runs, only one earned, on nine hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Binkley threw 102 pitches, 71 for strikes.
“I just had the mindset every time a new batter came up, I felt I was going to get him out,” Binkley said.
Added Reed, “If we’ve had a big game, Bryce has been on the mound. He’s a fighter and he only gets better as the game wears on.’’
In the opening inning, Perrysburg’s leadoff hitter reached on a Lima Senior infield throwing error.
Haydn Smith then doubled and Cameron Githens walked.
But with the bases loaded and no outs, Perrysburg managed only two runs, on a pair of sacrifice flies to center.
Lima Senior got within 2-1 in the fourth.
Adrian Bowsher walked and D’Ontre Cowen had an infield single. Jawan Anderson bunted the runners to second and third.
Reese Waithe’s infield single to deep short brought home a run to get the Spartans within 2-1.
Perrysburg lefty Nate Ball went five innings for the win. Borer went the final two innings for the save.
Ball gave up three hits, one run, earned and struck out seven. He walked three.
Ball threw 103 pitches, 65 for strikes.