Benilde-St. Margaret's senior Dylan Drees bounced off the mound fired up after getting the final out of the sixth inning.
The lanky righthanded pitcher threw a four-hitter, shutting out Monticello over the final six innings as the Red Knights upset the top-seeded Magic 2-1 in the Class 3A semifinals Friday at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus.
The Red Knights (16-9) will be seeking their first state championship in program history next Thursday at Target Field.
"Hanging six zeros in a row was something," Drees said. "I was pretty locked in today. This was one of my strongest performances."
Drees got the final out of the bottom of the sixth on a fly ball to left field with Magic runners on first and third. He then retired the side in order in the seventh, getting two on his only strikeouts of the game.
"I had to bear down in the sixth," Drees said. "I was a little shaken with the tying run on third. I was fired up after getting that last out."
The Magic (19-6) took the lead in the bottom of the first when Tommy Blackstone singled, went to second on a wild pickoff attempt, reached third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
The Red Knights tied the game in the fourth on Matthew Hansberry's sacrifice fly after back-to-back singles by Matt Murnane and Evan Brown.
They scored the go-ahead run in the fifth in similar fashion to Monticello's first run. Jonny Woodford led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on an error, reached third on a fly ball to center field and scored on a wild pitch.
"We have to be nitty-gritty," Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Andy Judkins said.
St. Thomas Academy 9, Austin 5: The Cadets used nine hits and seven walks to outscore the Packers.
"We knew we could hit any pitcher they threw at us," said the Cadets' Joe Goulet, who was 2-for-3 with three RBI. "We're coming together as a team at the perfect time."
Goulet opened the scoring with an RBI single in the Cadets' four-run third inning. He increased the margin to 6-0 with a two-out, two-run double in the fourth.
"Getting to the state championship game is a lifelong dream come true," Goulet said.
Teyghan Hovland drove in four runs for Austin (15-9) with a two-run double in the fourth and two-run home run in the sixth. His homer pulled the Packers within 6-5.
The Cadets (20-9) came right back with three runs in the seventh, highlighted by Callan Happe's two-run triple.
"It took us a little while for us to develop our team identity," said Cadets leadoff hitter Carter Henry, who had two hits and scored two runs. "We can score runs off anyone."