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  • Kennedy's Tyler Butzin went the distance for the Eagles on Tuesday afternoon without giving up a run and allowing only three hits and a walk. Anderson starting pitcher Tyler Hall was equally effective, but the Titans couldn't score against the Eagles. Next up for Kennedy is Woodhaven at noon on Saturday in the district semifinals. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski

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In a contest dominated by the two starting pitchers, Kennedy managed to get a run across and hang on for a 1-0 victory against Anderson in the pre-district round of the Division 1, District 14 playoffs at Woodhaven on Tuesday.

With the win, the Eagles advanced to Saturday’s district semifinal, back at Woodhaven, against the host Warriors at noon. The winner of each contest will square off later that afternoon for the district title.

Tyler Butzin was on the mound for Kennedy on Tuesday and allowed just three hits and one walk, as did his counterpart, Titans’ ace Tyler Hall, and each went the distance.

Both hurlers are among the area’s best, as Butzin currently has a 0.84 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 50 innings of work, while Hall finished with a 1.77 ERA for the season in 43.1 innings and 37 strikeouts.

It was Butzin, however, who was able to help his cause offensively on Tuesday, as he reached with a bunt single in the fourth inning, stole second, and then scored on a hit by Tim Kozar.

Kennedy’s only other hit of the game came an inning earlier from Raymond Richard.

Anderson had mounted an early threat after Hall was hit by a first-inning pitch with one out and Blake Sloan followed it up with a double that put runners on second and third.

After the next hitter struck out, courtesy runner Curtis Derome tried scoring from third on a ball that got by the catcher, but Butzin raced to the plate in time to cover and tag him out to end the inning.

The Titans’ other two hits belonged to Johah Peryam and Kyle Riddle and Joe Galetto also reached with a walk.

Last Updated: 5/28/2014 8:53:31 PM EST