The tables turned quickly on Lincoln.
After leading all game, a 4-run sixth inning left the Cardinals down one run with three outs to go in O’Fallon, Missouri.
Canton starter Lance Logsdon, who surrendered some early hard-hit pitches and an a 4-1 lead, punctuated his complete game in the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning, effectively ending the Lincoln baseball season.
After defeating the Lincoln Cardinals 5-4, the Canton Tigers (21-0) now face last year’s Class 2 Missouri Baseball State Tournament champions, Valle Catholic. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Lincoln led in the second inning after Corbin Reese, who reached via leadoff single, scored on an erroneous throw to first. Grant Eifert scored Sam Hinrichs, who also singled, on a triple over the Canton centerfielder’s head.
Reese picked up an RBI in the fifth when Logan Brown’s throw from shortstop was low and past the first baseman. Lincoln led 4-1 going into the sixth.
Corbin Mertgen, who fended off Canton batters all game, was relieved after walking in a run with no outs in the sixth. He allowed nine hits and was charged with five runs, including the go-ahead sacrifice from Koy Smith off Connor Spunaugle.
Head coach Will Lynde said both teams took advantage of mistakes.
“When they made mistakes we took advantage of it and got that lead,” Lynde said. “When we made a mistake they capitalized on it. You can’t take away from the year the boys had. The last two games have been as fun as any games I’ve been involved in.”
Lincoln finishes the season 26-3.