COLUMBIA -- Notre Dame lost its semifinal game to John Burroughs in the first round of the Class 2A Final Four on Wednesday, 5-2.
The Bulldogs fell behind 3-0 in the third inning and never could catch up, scoring one run in the fourth and one in the fifth.
The Bombers (23-3) scored the five runs on nine hits. Designated hitter Scott Van Slyke, son of former St. Louis Cardinals star Andy Van Slyke, led the offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Chris Lange was 2-for-2 and John Sternberg was 2-for-4.
Notre Dame (18-6) finished with eight hits. Jeff Brosey was 2-for-3 with a run. Other hits came from Shane Kistner, Timmy Wencewicz, Kyle Diveley, Matt Wulfers, Blake Urhahn and Dustin Tatum.
John Burroughs ace Jason Dupont got the win in six innings of work. He gave up one earned run on eight hits and one walk. He recorded five strikeouts. Chris Lange threw the final frame for the Bombers, giving up no earned runs with one strikeout.
For Notre Dame, Brosey was charged with the loss. In four innings he allowed four earned runs on eight hits and one walk. He recorded five strikeouts. Urhahn threw the final three frames for the Bulldogs, giving up one earned run on two hits and two walks. He finished with two strikeouts.
Notre Dame will face Springfield Catholic in the 2A third place game today at 2 p.m. John Burroughs will face St. Pius X in the championship at 8 p.m.
In Wednesday's other 2A semifinal game, Kansas City's St. Pius X (22-4) edged Springfield Catholic (15-10) in nine innings, 9-5.
Catcher Michael Herr was 2-for-4 with a home runs and three runs scored, and first baseman Ross Kelling was 2-for-5 with a homer.
Greg Frost came on in relief of Sal Palazzolo and picked up the win in six innings of work.