South Callaway rolls into Class 2 title game

Konrad Kemper (1) of the South Callaway Bulldogs yells after sliding safely into third base during a semifinal game against the Clever Blue Jays in the 2012 Missouri High School State Baseball Tournament at Meador Park on May 30, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Konrad Kemper (1) of the South Callaway Bulldogs yells after sliding safely into third base during a semifinal game against the Clever Blue Jays in the 2012 Missouri High School State Baseball Tournament at Meador Park on May 30, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In a season of firsts for the South Callaway Bulldogs, they have a chance to play for one more: first place.

The Bulldogs, appearing in their first-ever Class 2 baseball semifinal, defeated the Clever Blue Jays 5-2 Wednesday at Meador Park. With the victory, South Callaway will play the Valle Catholic Warriors at 4 p.m. Thursday in the championship game.

The Bulldogs (20-5) got a whale of a pitching performance from senior starter Hunter Leeper. He went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits, walking none and striking out 11 Blue Jay batters.

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Online:

Class 2 baseball tournament bracket/results

Class 2 championship box score/play details (available after Thursday's 4 p.m. game is complete)

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