From Staff Reports
The Blooming Grove Lions 8-and-under machine pitch team advanced to the finals in the state tournament in Brownwood on Thursday morning, beating the Whitney Wildcats, 9-1.
Blooming Grove faces Rogers at 6 p.m. Thursday night in the finals. Rogers edged Blooming Grove, 15-12, on Wednesday, and the Lions must win twice Thursday night to win the state title.
They opened play at the state tournament with a 10-1 win against the Temple Aces on Monday and beat the Hillsboro Bad News Bears, 15-8, on Tuesday.
The Lions advanced in the winner’s bracket on Wednesday with a 9-3 win against the Whitney Wildcats before losing their only game to Rogers.