Alex Borgan got out of bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings to help the Pickerington North High school baseball team defeat Gahanna 3-1 in a Division I regional semifinal Thursday at Dublin Coffman.

Pickerington North moved to 28-3 and will play Friday in a regional final against Hilliard Davidson or Harrison. That game was postponed until Friday.

Borgan pitched a complete game, allowing one run on eight hits while striking out seven. Two of his strikeouts came in the top of the sixth as Gahanna loaded the bases with one out. After a quick meeting on the mound, Borgan came back and struck out Shane DeFranco and Drew Majerus to get out of the inning.

"Alex has been our stud for three years. He's a kid who wants the big game and today he battled," North coach Tim Thomas said. "This was your typical regional game with two good teams playing. We know Gahanna and they know us. We gave him a minute to step back and catch his breath (in the sixth inning) and he's a smart enough kid to come back and make the next pitch."

"My team had picked me up the whole game so I figured it was time to pick them up one time," Borgan said of the sixth inning. "My curveball helped me. I threw about six or seven to those two batters and luckily I got most of them over for a strike at the knees."

The Panthers struck early, scoring all three of their runs in the first three innings.

In the first inning Borgan singled to center field, scoring Matt Hayes for the first run with two outs. Hayes had reached base on an infield hit to the shortstop.

Three of the first four batters for Pickerington North singled in the second. The third, by Eric Brindle, scored Mike Knorr to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

Jake Isabel led off the bottom of the third inning with a home run to left.

Gahanna got on the board in the top of the seventh as a sacrifice fly to right by Drew Majerus scored Pat Ross.

"Defensively we were a little sloppy early on and that's not typical for us," Gahanna coach Mike Shade said. "When it comes to the opportunities we had at the plate - you can't leave the bases loaded and expect to win a baseball game. We hit the ball but we just hit it right at people today."

The meeting was the third of the season between the OCC-Ohio Division opponents. The Panthers also swept the season series, winning 6-1 on April 23 and 2-1 in 10 innings on April 29.