AURORA – They were the visiting team on their home field, but that didn’t bother the 13th-seeded Warriors on Wednesday night, as they defeated 4th-seeded Downers Grove South, 3-1, in the IHSA Regional Semifinal at WV Baseball Field.
Waubonsie took the lead from the very beginning on a leadoff double by Ryan Gustaitis in the top of the first. Nick Martin pinch ran for Gustaitis, who then scored on a passed ball. In the third inning, Blake Pietryk doubled to score Martin and Hiroshy Wong for a 3-0 lead.
Carter King went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned run and seven hits. Pietryk came in to close the game for the last two outs.
Gustaitis went 2-for-3, Wong was 2-for-4, Pietryk went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI, Ben Ford was 2-for-3, and Jay Keeley went 1-for-3.
The Warriors advance to the Regional Championship on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against the winner of Oswego East/Metea Valley.