With a 4-1 lead, Kizis settled in and threw a complete-game gem for Danville on just 65 pitches. He gave up just one run -- a solo homer crushed by Ramirez in the first -- and four hits overall to go along with seven strikeouts and no walks. He recorded eight one-pitch outs in the game.
"We have a lot of faith and trust in Cody. When he's hitting his spots, he's tough. He mixes in his breaking balls, and when he spots them up he can be tough on hitters," said Persing. "Lewisburg recognized that and they got a little aggressive, which they probably shouldn't have done because it worked in our favor."
Danville then put the game away with a three-run sixth that was fueled by a pair of bases-loaded walks drawn by Fausnaught and McGaw. The final run scored on an error.
"They were huge runs. You can never have enough 'add-on' runs late in the game when you're up," said Persing. "Six runs is a lot tougher to overcome than three, so we were very pleased with the mentality that they could push a couple more runs across and put a little more pressure on Lewisburg."
Now Danville is off to the Section 3 Tournament, where it will face the District 12 champ on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Lewisburg, on the other hand, is left to savor only the Area II title it claimed over the weekend.
"In the last two games we didn't hit. (Kizis) did a tremendous job and he was right around the plate. Other than Ramirez, we weren't putting balls in play really that hard," said Lewisburg manager Jim Snyder. "If we could've scored some runs earlier and put more pressure on (Danville), it could've been a different story. We just went cold at the wrong time.
"The guys are going to learn from this, and that's what we told them. This is about the future, and if this is the worst thing that happens to them in their lives, they've had a pretty good life."