Elysian Fields seniors

Elysian Fields seniors, Austin O’Brien, left, Jackson Illingworth, Noah Grubbs, Ryan Wilkerson and JD Ballard have helped lead their Yellow Jackets’ advance in the playoffs.

BULLARD — Elysian Fields build a 6-0 lead early and held on for an 8-6 win over New Diana on Saturday to win a regional quarterfinal series and advance to next week’s semifinals against Gunter.

The Yellowjackets got a triple and an RBI from Noah Grubbs, three RBI from Logan Presley and three hits and a save on the mound from Ryan Wilkerson to close out the series. Presley added two hits for Elysian Fields, and Jackson Illingworth and Blake Merritt both drove in runs.

Blake Merritt, Landon Swank, Campbell White and Wilkerson all pitched for EF, with Wilkerson getting the final two outs after New Diana had gotten two men on base in the seventh.

Zachary Malone doubled, singled and drove in a run in the loss for New Diana. Jacob Newland had two hits and two RBI, Hayden Thomas three hits and an RBI and Ethan Adkisson and Logan Simmons an RBI apiece.

The Eagles stayed alive in the series on Friday with a 1-0 win behind a dominant performance on the mound from Elliot Foreman.

Foreman went the distance, striking out 13 and walking three while giving up just one hit. He threw 66 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

New Diana got a double from Darren Manes, a single and an RBI from John Lutrell and two singles from Zachary Malone.

Jackson Illingworth struck out six, walked two and gave up one earned run on four hits in seven innings for Elysian Fields. Logan Presley had the lone hit for the Yellowjackets.

Regional Finals

Elysian Fields (24-8) vs. Gunter (32-7)

Game 1: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bullard Brook Hill

Game 2: 7 p.m. Thursday, Bullard Brook Hill

Game 3: 5 p.m., Nevada-Community

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