REGULAR – Freeburg High senior wide receiver Hayden Ott hasn’t given it a second thought.

Neither did his teammates.

The Midgets, facing another early deficit, rallied to a 5-3 win over Normal University High on Friday in a Class 2A baseball semifinal game at Duffy Bass Field at Illinois State University.

Freeburg (35-3), who has won 14 in a row, will face Elmhurst Timothy Christian (21-7) for the state championship at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Midgets will make their first appearance in a title match since their loss to Stanford Olympia in the title contest in 2002. They are looking for their second championship to go with a Class A title in 1989.

Normal (31-4) took a 3-0 lead and appeared to be rolling behind pitcher Matt Sauser, who struck out the first seven batters on 31 pitches.

But the Midgets were just biding their time. After all, they lost 7-0 to Harrisburg in the super-sectional game on Monday before rallying for a 15-8 victory.

“Obviously we know how to play from behind,” said Ott.

Freeburg simply got to work pushing five runs late in the third inning to take control.

“This (initial deficit) doesn’t really matter to us,” Freeburg manager Drew Gericke said. “It’s baseball. You must have some idea what that pitcher is doing.”

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