LOST CREEK -- Trey Simmerman hit two home runs to back the solid pitching of Justin Starkey as Notre Dame downed Clay-Battelle 10-2 in Class A, Region II semifinal action Tuesday night at South Harrison High School.
The No. 7 Irish (23-7) will now face No. 6 Williamstown (18-5) on Thursday night for the Regional championship and a trip to the State Tournament in Charleston at Ritchie County High School with game time set for 6:30 p.m. Williamstown was a 13-0 winner over Wahama in the other semifinal game.
"For not seeing live pitching in 10 days, I thought we hit the ball really well," Notre Dame coach Mark Starkey said. "We have always made good contact and we ran the bases really aggressive."
Simmerman was swinging a potent bat on the evening by going 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs. His two outs were deep fly balls to the warning track in left center.
"I was seeing the ball really well and it looked pretty big coming in there," Simmerman said. "We are hitting the ball well as a team and that along with pitching is what we need to continue our winning ways."
Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning without a hit as Clay-Battelle (6-11) committed two errors.
Starkey walked and scored when Jon Thomas' fly ball to right field was misplayed for a two-base error. Thomas later scored on another error.
The Cee-Bees quickly tied the game 2-2 with two runs on two hits in the second inning. Josh Corwin doubled and Justin Lucas walked to put runners on first and second.
Austin Ponceroff came through with a RBI single to score Corwin and Lucas came around to score on a double steal.
However, Notre Dame took the lead for good at 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Thomas had an RBI single while the other run scored on an error.
Notre Dame led 5-2 when Simmerman's power bat took over the game.
Simmerman's first two-run home run came in the fourth inning over the left field fence and his second round tripper came in the sixth inning with a deep drive over the left center field fence.
Starkey tossed six inning to get the win. He gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out 11 and walking three.
"Justin pitched very well after the first two innings," Starkey said. "We have been getting that type of outings from him all year."
Thomas and Matt Perkins each had two hits for Notre Dame as the Irish had nine hits in the game.