For the second time in three seasons, Bishop Gorman’s baseball team has advanced to the American Legion World Series.
The Titans used three two-run innings Monday to earn a 7-3 victory over Honolulu to win the Western Regional and advance to the World Series, which begins Friday in Shelby, N.C.
Gorman (70-7-1) plays Central Plains Regional champ Omaha, Neb. (40-16), at 7 a.m. Friday.
Paul Sewald, Corey Lafler and Joey Rickard each drove in two runs for Gorman, which got out of trouble throughout the game.
Honolulu outhit the Titans 13-12 but left 13 runners on base, including six in scoring position.
Honolulu (27-5) left the bases loaded in the first and fourth innings and stranded five runners in scoring position in the first four innings.
Scott Dysinger started and pitched out of trouble all night to earn the victory. He gave up eight hits and walked three in 5 2/3 innings, but allowed just one run.
“He just made pitches when he had to,” Gorman coach Chris Sheff said. “He did what he had to do to keep us where we had a lead.”
Dysinger was named the regional’s Most Valuable Player after leading the tournament in RBIs (eight) and runs (seven). He led Gorman in batting average at .579.
Gorman, which was 5-0 in the tournament, took the lead for good in the top of the second, when Erik Van Meetren doubled and scored on a single by Lafler. Lafler later scored on a sacrifice fly by Sewald.
A Lafler sacrifice fly in the third made it 3-0, and the Titans stretched the lead to 5-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Dysinger and Sewald.
Honolulu cut its deficit to 5-3 before Gorman added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run double by Rickard.