LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- St. Xavier is one win away from a third state baseball title in five years.  The Tigers advanced to Saturday's final with a 3-0 win over Hazard Friday in Lexington.

Andrew Littlefield paced the St. X offense with three hits and the game's first RBI in the sixth inning.  He then scored the second run on Ryan Nicholson's single. Littlefield, a Hanover signee nearly drove in the game's first run a couple of innings earlier when he tripled to the right-field fence, but Trey Sweeney was thrown out at the plate.

Alex Adams added an insurance run in the top of the seventh with a solo homer to left. But Nicholson didn't need any insurance.  He went the distance and shut down the Bulldogs on two hits to get his 7th win without a loss this season.  He got help from a terrific leaping catch at the left-field fence by Aric Lyons off the bat of Hazard's Dalton Baker in the 5th inning.

Top-ranked St. Xavier (36-2) will meet either Highlands or McCracken County in Saturday's final at 7:00 pm at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, bidding for its 8th baseball crown all-time. 

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