Zach Diewert, right, and Southeastern teammates Thomas Broyles, middle, an outfielder, and Stephen Cullen, left, an infielder. (Photo submitted)

Zach Diewert, right, and Southeastern teammates Thomas Broyles, middle, an outfielder, and Stephen Cullen, left, an infielder. (Photo submitted)

Diewert and teammates close in on World Series baseball title

Southeastern only two wins away from taking the NAIA title

Chemainus’ Zach Diewert and his Southeastern University teammates are just two wins away from potentially becoming National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series baseball champions.

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Top-seeded Southeastern University Fire is in Lewiston, Idaho where the team has won the first three games of the tournament to reach the final four.

Southeastern overcame a 6-0 deficit in the opening game Saturday against Georgia Gwinnett and prevailed 9-7 with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Diewert got into the game as a pinch runner and scored a run.

Southeastern then also trailed 3-2 in the fifth inning Monday before rallying to beat LSU Shreveport 8-4. Diewert had one at-bat as a pinch hitter, but struck out.

The latest action was Tuesday when Southeastern broke open a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth en route to a 9-5 triumph against host Lewis-Clark State of Idaho. Diewert did not see any action in that game.

Next game is Wednesday night when the two undefeated teams in the double knockout event square off, with Southeastern facing No. 2 Tennessee Wesleyan at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Lewis-Clark State meets LSU Shreveport Wednesday afternoon in a knockout game.

Southeastern now sports a remarkable 57-3 record for the season. Tennessee Wesleyan is 56-7.

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