NEW LONDON — What's a district baseball tournament without a scare in the quarterfinals?

The eighth-ranked New London Tigers survived one Tuesday night. The Tigers entered the Class 1A tournament with a 20-2 record, facing 2-21 Danville.

New London was trailing entering the fifth inning, then pounded out a 5-3 victory.

In Tuesday's first game, Notre Dame also trailed early before ousting Holy Trinity, 4-2.

In Thursday's semifinals at New London, Notre Dame plays Cardinal at 5 p.m. with New London facing Iowa Mennonite School in the second game. Thursday's winners advance to Saturday's championship game at New London.

"It was the reality to what I would expect," New London coach Brad Helmerson said of his team's close call. "(Danville) came in with nothing to lose. They were loose. We came in with everything to lose and we were tight. Their pitcher did a good job."

Trailing 3-0, New London grabbed the lead in the fifth inning. Javis Krieger led off with a triple and Jaxon Allen doubled him home for the Tigers' first run. Isaac McSorley followed with a double, scoring Allen. An out later, Sam Loyd singled to send McSorley home, knotting the score at 3-3. Loyd stole second, then scored on Darius Whaley's single for a 4-3 lead.

New London added an insurance run in the sixth. Danville reliever Grifen Molle hit Shae Summerfield and Allen with pitches. With two outs, Britt Noel doubled to left to score Summerfield.

Danville took the lead in the second inning. Tyler led off by drawing a walk. He advanced to second on a passed ball and to third Klayton Kleinkopf's single to left. A double steal plated Tyler.

The Bears made it a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Drake Smith led off with a single to left and raced to second on Kleinkopf's single. Reid Yaley bunted down the third base line and third baseman Whaley waited for it go foul. It didn't and the bases were loaded.

An out later, Tristan Miller was hit by a McSorley pitch, forcing Smith home. Molle grounded to McSorley, who threw home for a forceout. Catcher Loyd threw to first for a double play but the ball hit Molle in the back in foul territory. Yaley scored.

McSorley was the winning pitcher, giving on two runs on two hits. He walked none, but hit two batters and he struck out five. Molle took the loss in relief of Yaley.

"Their pitchers did a good job," Helmerson said. "We got tired of waiting on it. We just didn't take good swings. We weren't patient. We were off-balance."

"Our kids did a great job," Danville coach Tim Gall said. "Reid Yaley did a good job keeping them off-balance. I hate to lose, but we competed this whole year. We're still pretty young. We lose two seniors (Hill and Isaiah Blain). The kids got a lot of experience."

McSorley and Loyd each had two hits for New London. Kleinkopf had two for Danville.

NOTRE DAME 4, HOLY TRINITY 2: Like New London, Notre Dame waited until the fifth inning to take the lead. Trailing 2-1, Drew Chiprez led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Lucas Anderson. Chiprez advanced to third on Nick Skerik's flyout to right field. Mitchell Brent walked and stole second. With two outs, Trenton Blythe singled to right center to drive in two runs for a 3-2 lead.

Holy Trinity struck first, scoring a run in the second inning without a hit. A hit batsman and two walks loaded the bases, then Notre Dame starter Brent hit Jason Thurman with a pitch to force a run home.

Notre Dame tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. Brent led off with a triple to right center and scored on Blythe's single to left.

The Crusaders went back up in the third. Collin Thornton was hit by a pitch and Kyle Bredemeyer drew a walk. An out later, Thornton scored on Garrett Hannum's infield single for a 2-1 lead.

The Nikes added an insurance run in the sixth. Josh Smith singled, but was cut down at second on a fielder's choice grounder by Carson Chiprez. Drew Chiprez followed by bouncing the baseball over the left field fence for a ground rule double, Carson Chiprez moving to third. Anderson launched a fly ball to right and Carson Chiprez scored on the sacrifice fly.

Drew Chiprez and Blythe each had two hits for Notre Dame. The Crusaders were limited to two hits for the game, singles by Jason Thurman and Hannum.

Ryle Koenig was the winning pitcher in relief of Brent. He gave up no runs and no hits in four innings, walking two and striking out three. Brent gave up two runs on two hits, four walks and three hit batsman. He fanned five Crusaders. Jason Thurman was the losing pitcher in relief.

"Ryle had a great year pitching against good competition," Notre Dame coach Jeff Klein said. "He came in and all we needed was strikes. That's what he gave us. It was a super effort."

Klein said the Nikes have "struggled against pitchers who don't throw hard all year." Holy Trinity starter Cole Thornton "kept us off-balance the first time through (the lineup)."

He praised Blythe for his clutch hitting, getting his two-run single with two outs. "He's been a horse all year," Klein said. "Outside of one error, we played pretty good defensive baseball."

Holy Trinity;011;000;0;—;2;2;1

Notre Dame;010;021;x;—;4;9;1

WP — Ryle Koenig. LP — Jason Thurman. Two or more hits — Notre Dame: Trenton Blythe 2-3. 2B — Drew Chiprez (ND). 3B — Mitchell Brent (ND). RBI — Jason Thurman (HTC), Garrett Hannum (HTC), Lucas Anderson (ND), Blythe 3.

Records — Holy Trinity 7-16, Notre Dame 13-16.

Danville;010;200;0;—;3;4;0

New London;000;041;x;—;5;8;0

WP — Isaac McSorley. LP — Grifen Molle. Two or more hits — Danville: Klayton Kleinkopf 2-3; New London: McSorley 2-4, Sam Loyd 2-4. 2B — McSorley 2, Britt Noel (NL), Jaxon Allen (NL). 3B — Javis Krieger (NL). RBI — Molle, Tristan Miller (D), McSorley, Noel, Loyd, Darius Whaley (NL), Allen.

Records — Danville 2-22, New London 21-2.