DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Xavier collected win No. 40 on the year and also advanced to the 3A championship after beating Marion in the semi-finals on Friday, 4-1.
It was scoreless through four innings. Marion scored first in the top of the fifth with the hit-and-run. George Franck dropped a base hit to right field, scoring Brady Johnson.
Xavier responded in the bottom half of the fifth with a bases-loaded walk.
It remained 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth, the Saints loaded the bases again. With two outs, Isaac Ball blooped a two-run single to center to give Xavier a 3-1 lead. Jaxson Konzen followed that up with an RBI single to center as well.
Xavier will face Central DeWitt in the 3A championship at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.