Wyoming East is back in the regional finals.
The Warriors used a seven-run fourth inning as the springboard to an 11-0 rout of Liberty at Glen Daniel on Monday night.
It moved WEHS (26-5) into the Region 3 championship game for the third straight year.
The Warriors will host Shady Spring on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for the chance to move on to Charleston.
“We played well, and we needed to play well,” said East coach Ron Mayhew. “Liberty is a good team, and if you don’t bring a good game to the table, you’re going to go home.”
East grabbed the momentum early, with single runs in the first and second.
Jarrett Caldwell led off the first with a single to center, stole second and scored on Derek Thornton’s single.
Austin Canada reached on an error to start the second and came home on Zach Whitten’s to left. It was 2-0.
Liberty hurler Corey Dishmon walked two and hit a batsman to load the bases with one out in the fourth.
Josh Zeboskey punched a single to right to drive in a run, and Brian Lusk’s grounder led to a Raiders error that allowed two more runs to cross the plate. It was 5-0.
Caldwell followed with an infield single deep to short, bringing in another tally.
The Warriors scored their seventh run when a runner at third came home when the Raiders tried to throw out a runner going to second.
A Christian Hedinger ground ball led to another Liberty miscue, and two more runs came in. The East lead was 9-0.
“We run well for the most part and we do put the ball in play,” said Mayhew. “Our strikeout average is low. When you put the ball in play, especially in the infield, you make things happen.”
Travis McKinney picked up his fourth win in the current post-season run. He struck out seven and allowed three singles in six innings. Only Liberty base runner made it to second base.
“We have a good defense behind him,” stated Mayhew. “Austin Canada is playing great defense at short. He’s averaging six or seven put outs a game.”
Caldwell’s two-run single in the seventh accounted for the Warriors’ last two runs.
Caldwell was 3-4 at the plate with three RBI. Whitten had two hits and drove in a run.
Christian Hedinger threw one inning of relief for East.
Dishmon went six and one-third innings for the Raiders (16-14).