The Flyers (19-7) took the lead with a seven-run second, then put the game away with a four-run fourth, posting a 14-1 victory over the Chieftans in the Division IV district semifinal on Thursday at Clyde High School.
"In tournaments games, everything that happens is magnified," said St. Paul coach Jim Carper. "We didn't go let off the gas."
The Flyers have won 12 straight games and advanced to the district championship at 5 p.m. today against Seneca East (16-11). The Tigers rallied for a 13-4 win over South Central in the first game Thursday.
Hopewell (19-7) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Ethan Oswalt, but St. Paul battled right back in the top of the second, sending 11 to the plate in it's seven-run inning
Noah Good was hit by a pitch to open the frame, moved to third on a single from Jake Griffin and came home on a high throw from third on a grounder by Jude Sweet. Kaden Maxwell, Brandon Furlong, Lars Livengood and Scottie Adelman followed with singles, with Furlong and Livengood each driving in one and Adelman plating two runs. Adelman ended the scoring by racing home on a wild pitch.
St. Paul batted around again in the fourth as Livengood opened with a single and Adleman and Gavin Starcher were walked to load the bases. Good drove in Livengood, with Adelman, Starcher and Good all coming home on the three Hopewell errors in the frame.
The Flyers tacked on three more in the top of the fifth as Livengood doubled and came home on an error on a sacrifice bunt from Starcher. Starcher scored on a sacrifice fly from Spencer Myles, with the error on the throw allowing Good to come home as well.
Livengood went four-for-four with three runs scored to lead the Flyers, while Starcher went the first four innings for the win, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. Tyler Perkins worked the fifth for the Flyers, giving up no runs on two hits with a strikeout.
"Good things happen when you put the ball in play," Carper said. "I can't say enough about our defense and the effort we put in. It was pretty darn stellar today.
"We played a really good team, but we were the better team today,” he added.
St. Paul 070 43 — 14 10 0
Hopewell 100 00 — 1 5 6
WP: Starcher; LP: Miller
2B: (SP) Livengood