Allen tossed a one-hitter, striking out eight and giving up no walks to lead the Raiders to a 1-0 win over the Twin Springs Titans in the Cumberland District baseball tournament semifinals at Alumni Stadium.
With the win, Burton (11-7) advanced to Friday’s Cumberland championship game. The Raiders will face top-seeded and regular-season champion Eastside in a 7 p.m. title game at Alumni Stadium.
Eastside defeated Rye Cove 11-1 in Wednesday’s other tournament semifinal.
Twin Springs (11-7) and Rye Cove will play in an important consolation game prior to the championship contest at 4 p.m. The winner of the consolation game earns the third and final seed from the Cumberland to next week’s Region 1D tournament.
Allen picked up the complete-game, shutout win, allowing only two Twin Springs baserunners in the contest.
“I knew I had to be focused all day because they’re a good-hitting team,” said Allen. “The key point to the game is my defense played behind me. They made routine plays and they made plays that weren’t routine, and that’s really what set the tone. We knew they were going to put it in play. I don’t have that fast of speed, so I throw strikes and let the defense do the work.”
Twin Springs’ Justin Reed took the hard-luck loss on the mound. Reed threw five and two-third innings, giving up one run on three hits with 14 strikeouts and four walks.
“He’s a phenomenal pitcher,” Allen said of Reed. “Going against someone like him motivates me. I know it motivates him. We have a little competition. We always congratulate each other after the game. He’s a good friend.”
The only run of the game came in the fifth inning when Burton senior Andrew Cavins drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on single from Allen.
Eastside scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the semifinal win over Rye Cove.
The Spartans’ big inning came without a hit in the frame. Eastside took advantage of three Rye Cove errors, two walks and two hit batters to score in the seventh.
Eastside had seven different batters with hits in the first four innings on the way to win.
Seth Boles picked up the victory on the mound. Boles gave up one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.