The Hartville Eagles did not get their first hit on Wednesday until the fifth inning and finished with three.
But good thing for the Eagles their pitching staff was equally dominant, surrendering just one run.
Hartville made its limited offensive production count, though, in a 5-1 victory over Holcomb in a Class 2 state semifinal game at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.
Now, in its first appearance at state baseball in school history, the Eagles will play for a state title.
Hartville (17-4) will play West Platte (22-1) in today’s 1 p.m. state final.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth Wednesday, Hartville rallied, scoring two runs on a Holcomb error.
Hartville added three runs in the sixth, recording two hits in the frame. Tyler Collins and Hunter Simmons had RBI hits in the inning.
Aaron Buford pitched into the seventh inning to earn the win. Drew Ince recorded the final out for the save.
In the other Class 2 semifinal, West Platte topped Canton in an identical score, 5-1.
This week, rain pushed back the state baseball finals, the first in state history with five classes.
Southwest Missouri qualified a team for state in each of the five classes. Catholic will play New Madrid County in a 4 p.m. semifinal in Class 3 today. On Friday, Rogersville will play two-time defending state champion Westminster Christian in Class 4, and Willard will play Christian Brothers College in a Class 5 semifinal on Saturday.
However, rain is in the forecast for the next two days in the St. Louis area, and more delays are possible.
In Class 1, Dadeville finished its season with a 5-2 loss to Sturgeon.
Christian Long and Wade Coble had RBIs for the Bearcats (18-9), who also had just three hits. Long had two of those hits and Riley Obert had the other.
Matthew Sappington went the distance and suffered the loss for Dadeville.
Sturgeon was led by Hunter Smith, who had two hits and two RBIs.
In the Class 1 final, Oran beat Santa Fe, 8-4.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has a live feed of the games on its website, http://www.mshsaa.org.