ORAN -- The Oran Eagles find themselves in a familiar position, the final of the Class 1, District 2 baseball tournament.
Host Oran -- winners of eight of the past 12 district titles -- advanced with an 8-3 victory over the Bernie Mules in Tuesday's semifinal round.
The defending champion Advance Hornets, who derailed the Eagles' quest for a fourth straight title last season, set up a rematch with a 3-2 win over the Chaffee Red Devils in the other semifinal.
"It's not so much about playing Advance as it is getting to the final," said Oran coach Mitch Wood, when asked about the final. "Our first goal of the year is to get to the district final. That's half the battle."
The Eagles (22-4) led 8-0 after six innings as the Mules (11-5) got on the board with three unearned runs in their final at-bat.
"They hit the ball hard all day, so you felt that they were going to score sometimes," Wood said. "There, at the end, I think we relaxed a little when we thought the game was over."
The Eagles opened the scoring with three first-inning runs.
Chase Seyer's too-hot-to-handle, one-hop single past the second baseman drove home Caleb Seyer, aboard on a walk, then Joey Williams' two-run double delivered Kody Campbell and Chase Seyer home to send Oran up 3-0. The Eagles tacked on a fourth run in the second on starting and winning pitcher Austin Dumey's RBI single.
Williams stroked a one-out double in the third and came home on Chris Asmus' single for a 5-0 advantage.
Campbell led off the fourth with a triple to the right-field corner. Dumey chased him home with a single through the hole at shortstop.
Chase Seyer then blasted a two-run homer to right field to close out the Eagles' scoring and push the lead to 8-0.
Dumey, backed by a stellar defensive effort that turned three infield double plays, held the Mules scoreless on three hits until the seventh.
Shortstop Tyler Beardslee triggered two 6-4-3 double plays and second baseman Campbell snagged a line drive and doubled a runner off first base for the other.
Dumey went the distance, allowing no earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
"He's (Dumey) done a nice job the last four or five outings," said Wood. "They hit the ball, but I've preached to them all year long that if you play good defense, good things will happen."
Oran committed its only two errors in the final inning.
Dumey also helped himself at the plate, topping the 14-hit Oran offense with a 3-for-4, two-RBI day. Campbell went 2-for-3 with two runs scored; Chase Seyer, 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Williams, 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Beardslee, 2-for-4.
Marcus Massey led Bernie with two hits in three trips.
The Eagles, owners of an enviable resume at state with three seconds and two third-place finishes under Wood's guidance, must get by a solid Advance squad to begin another run at that elusive state title.
"I've had a lot of people ask me about the state championships -- three seconds and all that and don't you hate that -- but I tell them you've got to get there first," said Wood. "Once you get there, I'll take my chances. I'm not tired of getting that district championship. That's what you've got to do to get there."
No. 1-seed Oran and No. 2 Advance square off for the district crown on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Oran's field.