NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The Columbiana High School baseball team outlasted Springfield in a tight game 2-0 in the Division III Niles District Semifinal.

Watch the video above to see highlights from the game.

Riley McElwain threw a gem on his 18th birthday, going 6.2 innings without allowing a run with nine strikeouts.

“It’s my birthday today, so I wanted to get the complete game on my birthday, but I knew it was the right decision,” He commented on coach Wolf bringing in Seth Spooner to pick up the save. “That’s what Seth does. He comes in and closes out games for us. I knew it was the right thing.”

“I was able to locate my fastball to get ahead in counts and utilize my off-speed pitches. My slider and curveball were both pretty sharp tonight,” McElwain added.

“He never lost composure,” Clipper coach Ryan Wolf said. “We made a few errors in the field, but he never let it bother him. He knew that the next play or the next pitch, he was going to win that battle.”

The game was scoreless going into the fourth inning until Zachary Pleska hit a solo home run to right field to make it 1-0.

“In my first at-bat there were a lot of outside pitches, and I noticed the same with a lot of the guys in front of me. In my first at-bat, I missed the fastball outside. Luckily in the second at-bat, he threw me the same exact thing. I wasn’t going to miss it twice,” Pleska said.

The Clippers would add a run in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Columbiana moves to 20-6 on the year and advances to the district final on Wednesday against South Range.

“It is truly astonishing to be a part of this,” Clippers senior Zach Pleska added. “As a player, it is mostly the next pitch, the next play, the next at-bat. So, knowing this was going to be a really close game, a pitcher’s battle, we needed to manufacture as many runs as we possibly could. That was the main goal going into tonight’s game.”