THIEF RIVER FALLS - The Cass Lake-Bena baseball team survived elimination Tuesday and lives to play another day.
That day is Thursday with a trip to state on the line.
The Panthers defeated Win-E-Mac 8-2 at Northwest Community and Technical College Tuesday in the Section 8A Tournament semifinals.
Cass Lake-Bena advances to face Northern Freeze for the Section 8A Championship Thursday at the Mini Met in Thief River Falls. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
The No. 2 seed Panthers are the runner-up of the east subsection. The Patriots were the No. 5 seed and champion of the west subsection.
Northern defeated Fosston in the other semifinal Tuesday at NCTC, but the score was not immediately available.
Northern is the No. 3 seed and runner up of the west subsection. Fosston was the No. 1 seed and champion of the east subsection.
Cass Lake-Bena takes a 17-6-1 overall record into the title game.
Northern is 12-7 based on available information with three games unreported.
Cass Lake-Bena, which reached the section semifinal last season, never trailed against Win-E-Mac after opening the top of the first inning with two runs.
Ahead 2-1 after five innings, the Panthers broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning to take an 8-1 lead.
Win-E-Mac scored one run in the bottom of the seventh.
Tyler Trosen, Martin Wind, Mike Hanson and Nolan Goss each went 2-for-4 in the game to lead Cass Lake-Bena.
Wind was the game-breaker though, hammering a two-run home run to score the Panthers first two runs of the sixth inning.
Tyler Trosen (7-0) earned the win for CLB. He struck out eight, walked 10 and gave up two runs on two hits in the complete game.
Cass Lake-Bena 200 006 0 - 8 10 0
Win-E-Mac 000 010 1 - 2 2 2
CASS LAKE-BENA BATTING: Brett Finn 0-3. Brett Fredrickson 0-0. Tyler Trosen 2-4, 2B, R-2. Martin Wind, 2-4, HR, RBI-2, R. Mike Hanson 2-4, R. Nolan Goss 2-4, R. Chad Wittner 1-3, R. Caleb Fisher 1-3. Ryan Connor 0-2. Mike Masten 0-2. Jake Ellis 0-0.
WIN-E-MAC BATTING: Plante 1-3, 2B. Giescke 0-3. Massmann 0-2. Cook 0-3. Giannanetti 0-4. Wang 0-1. Gunderson 0-3. Klinkhammer 0-1. Burke 0-0. Sonstellie 1-2.
CASS LAKE-BENA PITCHING: Tyler Trosen (W) IP-7, H-2, R-2, BB-10, K-8.
WIN-E-MAC PITCHING: Wang (L) IP-5, H-7, R-4, BB-1, K-4. Giescke IP-0, H-3, R-4, BB-1, K-0. Sonstellie IP-2, H-0, R-0, BB-1, K-0.