KOKOMO – Revenge was semistate sweet for the Penn baseball team Saturday.
The Kingsmen topped Zionsville 6-2 in the Class 4-A Northern Semistate contest.
Penn, which lost to Zionsville 8-5 in the semistate a year ago, advances to the State Finals in Indianapolis. The unranked Kingsmen, who are 27-6, will meet No. 2 Indianapolis Cathedral in the title tilt.
Cathedral improved to 28-0 on the season Saturday by blanking Columbus North 6-0 to win the Southern Semistate matchup.
Penn will face Cathedral on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the title game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Penn, which has won its last 13 games, took control with a three-run third inning Saturday. The Kingsmen got an RBI double from Notre Dame recruit Niko Kavadas and an RBI single off the bat of Matt Komienkiewicz in the frame.
Zionsville, which finishes at 22-12, cut the lead to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth frame. Penn answered with a run in the home half of the fifth to make it 4-2 and closed the scoring with a pair of tallies in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Nathan Lavisa and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Lynch.
Kameron Koch went the first five innings to earn the pitching win for Penn. Chase McKenzie worked a scoreless final two frames to notch the save.
Penn will be shooting for its fifth state title under Hall of Fame coach Greg Dikos. Dikos is 4-4 in state title games, winning it all in 1994, 1998, 2011 and 2015. Dikos, now in his 30th season at Penn, won his 700th career game last month in the Elkhart Memorial Sectional.
Cathedral has won a pair of state titles in five appearances. The Fighting Irish lost 1-0 to Elkhart Central in their last appearance in 2013. Cathedral also entered that game with a 28-0 record.