LOCKPORT -- Pat Kaminska instantly knew it was gone. The Class 4A Lockport Sectional had reached a breaking point.
As that 2-0 fastball from A.J. Woynerowski disappeared beyond the wall in straightaway center, Central eliminated No. 16 Providence Catholic (21-16), a team that had thrived in similar late-game situations.
Kaminska's walk-off home run in the eighth inning on Saturday closed a 5-4 victory and advanced the Redhawks to Monday's supersectional at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, where they will face O'Fallon.
That leaves Central (24-14) one victory away from a state finals appearance.