Benton pounded Cameron, edged St. Joseph: Lafayette Friday, April 27, 2018, to earn spot opposite hosts in Saturday's 11 a.m. championship contest

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe (Mo) HS' baseball Hornets will face St. Joseph: Benton Saturday (April 28) at about 11 a.m. for the championship of the 2018 Chillicothe Invitational Tournament after Benton captured two games Friday.

A day after the hosts advanced to the title game, Benton (11-7) blanked Cameron 11-0 in its opening-round contest and then shaded St. Joseph: Lafayette 7-6 in the semifinals.

Saturday's title game at "June" Shaffer Memorial Park stadium will be the teams' third meeting this season. Benton won 14-4 in six innings in the first contest and 4-3 in the second, both of them played at St. Joseph sites. Chillicothe actually led the first meeting in the middle innings before the Cardinals exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the 10-runs-lead rule.