Travis Atkins went 2 for 4 and drove in a run for SA while Ridge Lester knocked in a run.
"These kids have worked their butts off,'' said SA manager Danny Kessler. "They've played hard and practiced hard. I'm just so tickled to death for them. They've played lights out.
"We've had a few miscues along the way, but we've overcome them. They're capable of doing all kinds of good stuff. They're a great bunch.''
SA has been living on the edge during the postseason, falling to SC 3-2 in district play then rallying past Mountain State for an 8-3 win after falling behind 3-2 in an elimination matchup.
"It was a hard road,'' Carr said. "We weren't hitting until our bats came alive today. It was a tough game at the end. I thought we were going to give it up for a minute until [Guidry got the popout] and got us a win. We can make some noise. I'm not going to say we're going to win it, but we have a good chance.''
Kessler won't get to manage SA if it makes it past today's quarterfinals since he will be out of town as the best man in his son's wedding. SA coaches Brock Chandler and Tom Carr will lead the team.
"The only reason I took this team is this is probably my last year and these kids have done a heck of a job,'' said the SA manager. "We've had great coaches on this team. I'm very proud of them. They've worked very hard.''
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