John Salvodelli tossed a complete game six-hit shutout to lead Aquinas to a 7-0 win over Cumberland in a Division 3 WIAA State Tournament semifinal Wednesday.
Salvodelli struck out five and walked just one.
"It always helps when you get four in the second inning. That really helps a lot. Once we got those runs up, I felt comfortable, just felt comfortable in general because the defense is solid behind me and I know they won't make much errors and stuff," Salvodelli said.
Nick Schlicht led the hit parade.
Schlicht went 3-3 with a home run and two runs batted in.
"I struggled a little bit here and there all year, i was a little streaky, but really came out today, felt good," Schlicht said.
"The last three weeks, he's really made adjustments during batting practice. Not that we knew this would happen, but we've seen him just hitting the ball hard in BP lately. I'm so happy for him because he's put in the time and effort to work on improving his swing," said head coach Scott Bagniefski.
Jess Ondell also had three hits and two runs batted in.
Aquinas scored fours in the second inning to seize control and were never seriously threatened after that.
The Blugolds advance to Thursday's Division 3 championship for the second time in three seasons.
They'll play at noon Thursday.