Tremper, who partnered with Franklin for the Southeast Conference title, is keen to enter the state for the first time since 1992 after falling short of many section appearances in recent years.

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“We look forward to returning to the section,” said Matera. “There are some excellent teams in our group and we look forward to competing with them.”

On Thursday against Case, Byrnes added three hits, including a double, and four RBI, the Trojans played flawless defense and leadoff hitter Austin LaBreche had two hits and two runs. Ivan Jake also had two hits and scored three times, Ryan McGonegle drove two and Riley Dutton doubled, scored twice and drove one run.

“Our rackets had some really good at-bats over the course of the game and did a great job of putting pressure through bunts and punching with runners in motion,” said Matera.

Union Grove 10, Central 0 (6 inns)

The top-ranked Broncos hid the fifth-placed Falcons in a Division 1 regional final on Thursday in Union Grove.

Keegan Kearby had two of Central’s three hits, including a double, while Mason Mitacek added one. Scotty Schulz, Adam Switalski and Kearby worked together six innings on the hill, allowing for nine hits and eight earned runs with five walks and two strikeouts. The falcons made four mistakes behind them.