Braham used three unearned runs in the fifth and bunched hits for three runs in the sixth to get past Pillager (7-13) 6-3 in 5A East semifinal action May 29 at Pierz. Hammond got another playoff win on the mound, and Ambrose led the offense with a 4-for-4 night, including a double and RBI. Sam Stigen squeezed home Vaughan for the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Braham (14-4) will take on Royalton in the May 31 East finals, 7 p.m. back at Pierz. The Royals (9-12) knocked out Isle 6-3 on the 29th. Both teams will advance to the 5A final four June 4, 5 & 7 at St. Cloud’s Faber Field. Finalists in the 5A West are Browerville (19-2) and St. John’s Prep (14-6).