CHESTER -- Braden Miller scattered five hits on his way to a complete game as Murphysboro outlasted Chester 4-2 on Saturday in the championship game of the Chester Class 2A Baseball Regional.
Miller, a senior, struck out six and walked none in the 81-pitch performance.
"Braden was very efficient with his pitch count and threw a lot of strikes,'' Murphysboro coach Andrew Winters said. "He relied on his defense, which did let him down a couple of times. But we were able to make up for it and didn't allow it to hurt us in the long run."
The Red Devils (18-12) led 4-1 entering the top of the seventh inning before Chester made it interesting.
Miller struck out the first two batters of the frame before Matt Smith singled to right center. Curt Meyer followed with a single to put runners at first and second for Josh Schwartz, who lined a single to left field to drive in Smith and make it 4-2. Meyer was thrown out at third base on the play, though, for the final out of the contest.
It was the second game in a row that Murphysboro ended the contest by throwing a runner out on the base paths.
"It's not a good way to end it. But it's a good way to end it, I guess,'' Winters said. "It's not what we had drawn up but it's what we'll take."
The Red Devils, who will play Z-R-C on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Du Quoin Sectional, built their lead by scoring once in the second inning and three times in the third.
Brandon Graeff drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when his double to left center plated Brandon Caldwell, who had reached on a fielder's choice.
In the bottom of the third, Clay Rendleman got the Murphysboro rally going with a leadoff double. He scored on a single to center field by Jordan Williams to give the Red Devils a 2-0 advantage.
Noah Baird hit into a fielder's choice for the first out of the frame before Justin Pulcher singled to right field sending Baird to third base. Pulcher would steal second base before Marshall Grammer loaded the bases with an infield single.
That brought Matt Burke to the plate, and he laced a pitch to left field for a single to drive in Baird and Pulcher and give Murphysboro a 4-0 advantage.
Chester, which had just one hit off of Miller through the first five innings, scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth when Schwartz reached on an error and crossed the plate on a single to center field off the bat of Jordan Berner.
The Yellow Jackets had two runners on after Berner's hit, but Miller got Hartmann to hit into a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning. Nick Meyer then popped out to end the threat.