Wilson and H.D. Woodson, the top two seeded teams, received strong pitching yesterday at RFK's auxiliary field to advance to the finals of the Interhigh baseball tournament.
Top-seeded Wilson defeated Ballou, 6-2. H.D. Woodson defeated Anacostia, 10-5.
The teams will play for the title at the RFK field Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Wilson's John McCarthy pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out six. The right-hander displayed a sharp curve throughout the game and kept Ballou batters off balance with a variety of off-speed pitches.
"I was just trying to throw strikes, and today I seemed to have good control," McCarthy said.
Ballou (13-8) started strong. After McCarthy issued a leadoff walk in the first inning, Bryant Davis tripled to give Ballou a 1-0 lead. But McCarthy settled down and did not allow another hit until the fourth inning.
Wilson (15-2), the defending league champion, scored its runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Catcher Jose Almonte hit a two-run single to right field in the second as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead.
Once given the lead, McCarthy got stronger and did not allow another run until the sixth inning.
In the second game, Woodson's Henderson Mosley allowed five hits and struck out four.
Mosley, a right-hander, relied on a strong fastball and a good curve to help the Warriors run their record to 14-2.
"I was having problems with my control early, but I started to feel good towards the end," said the 6-foot-2 senior. "I'm feeling all right now, and I'll probably start on Tuesday."
The Warriors scored three runs in both the second and third innings. Mosley had a two-run double in the fourth.
But it was in the fourth that Mosley began experiencing control problems. For most of the rest of the game, he was working from the stretch.
Anacostia (10-7) had men in scoring position in each of the final three innings and scored one run in each inning. One of those runs scored in the fifth when Mosley hit the front part of the plate with a fastball, which bounced over the backstop fence for a wild pitch.
"Henderson had a good game," said H.D. Woodson's coach, Clarence Washington. "He throws real hard, and today he was pitching strong. This wasn't his best game, and they still couldn't hit him well."
Anacostia's last chance to narrow the gap came in the sixth when the Indians had men at second and third with one out. But Mosley ended the threat by getting the next two batters on groundouts.