Challengers reach tourney semis.
Dan Winterstein came within one hit of throwing a perfect game and Micah McJunkin smacked a solo home run to lead the Challengers' victory over Merced.
Winterstein was 3-for-4 with a double and Markus Lindsey stroked a two-run single to pace the Eugene team over Springfield. Cody Garner was 2-for-4 with a solo home run for the Titans.
Earlier Saturday, Garner hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Titans a 6-4 victory over the Beaverton Coloritos. Brooks Chapman went 2-for-3 for the Titans.
In other games, the Eureka, Calif., Falcons and the Eagle, Idaho, Vipers tied 4-4, the Boise Seminoles beat the Chico (Calif.) Nuts 7-1, Eureka and Eden Prairie (Minn.) fought to a 7-7 tie and the Redding (Calif.) Rattlers beat Beaverton 9-2.
The Challengers will meet Chico at 1:30 p.m. for a berth in the 6 p.m. championship game.
Springfield will face Eureka in the consolation semifinals at 9 a.m.
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|Title Annotation:||Sports; The Eugene team beats Springfield and Merced to advance at the Papa's Pizza Invitational|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2007|
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