Trailing entering the top of the seventh, the Canal Winchester High School baseball team finally embraced the small-ball philosophy that coach Jason Vest has been preaching since the preseason.

Trailing entering the top of the seventh, the Canal Winchester High School baseball team finally embraced the small-ball philosophy that coach Jason Vest has been preaching since the preseason.

The Indians executed two consecutive squeeze plays to help give them a 4-2 win over Cambridge on Thursday in a Division II regional semifinal at Gant Municipal Stadium in Zanesville. They improved to 20-12 and will play Steubenville on Friday in a regional final. Cambridge finished 20-9.

"If they're not believers now, then I don't know when they will be," Vest said.

Cambridge held a 2-1 lead entering the top of the seventh with the top of the Indians' order due up. A single, a sacrifice, an infield hit and a walk loaded the bases with one out and brought third baseman Tyler Steube, the team's top power hitter, to the plate. Steube successfully executed the squeeze that scored shortstop Joey Butler to tie the game at 2 and kept the bases loaded for center-fielder Mike Romanowski. He also laid down a squeeze, and when Bobcats pitcher Timmy Harvey went to first, Drew Dosch and Wes White scored, giving the Indians a 4-2 lead.

"All this year I've been on coach about the small-ball and I haven't been a believer," Steube said. "He gave me the bunt sign and I knew I had to get it down and that's what happened."

Canal Winchester scored first, getting a run in the fifth inning, but Cambridge scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to take the 2-1 lead. White went six innings for the Indians, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five.