FINDLAY - An error helped Hopewell-Loudon plate four runs in the second inning and the Chieftains pounded out seven more in the third Wednesday en route to a 12-1 Division IV district semifinal romp over New Riegel.
The victory propelled the Chieftains (25-1) into Friday's 7 p.m. finals against Gibsonburg, which beat Arcadia 12-2 in the first game.
Logan Sendelbach was the catalyst for H-L.
Along with improving to 8-0 while allowing only three hits, it was his bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the second inning that let the Chieftains clear the bases and gain momentum.
He added a three-run double in the seven-run burst one inning later, and ended with two runs of his own.
Austin Harrison drove in two runs with two singles, Austin Kuhn scored twice and singled twice and Eric Tanner added two runs for the Chieftains.
Brandyn Reinhart was saddled with loss for the Blue Jackets (11-14), giving up one earned run.
"When you can't play solid defense behind a pitcher who's playing well, you're not going to win games," New Riegel coach Jarron Reesman said.
"Brandyn might have made mistakes to load the bases, but we've got to play good defense to get out of the innings," he said.
Reinhart also doubled and scored, and Blaine Hughes and Brady Hall both singled.