CARROLL, Iowa - With junior Chris Halbur on the mound, Carroll Kuemper likes its chances.
When the opponent is kicking the ball around, it really likes its chances.
East Sac County made four of its five errors in the first two innings, leading to four unearned runs, and Kuemper went on to a 5-1 Class 2-A district final baseball victory on Saturday at Merchants Park.
"This Halbur boy is a pretty good pitcher," East Sac County coach Scot McDonough said. "You just can't give them runs. You can't do it."
Kuemper, seeking its third straight trip to state and sixth overall, improved to 25-11 and will play Clarinda (11-18) in the Substate 8 final at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Harlan. The Knights, who are rated 10th in the state and fourth in western Iowa (Class 2-A/1-A), finished fourth in the Hawkeye Ten Conference. Clarinda was eighth.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Halbur, a returning all-stater who can reach the lower 90s with his fastball, is drawing Division I interest.