Billy Newton helped lead the Clay County 12s to the Southwest state championship tuesday night in Newburgh against the host team.
Newton had three singles in the 3-2 victory to go along with a complete-game six-hitter on the mound.
The Clay County 12s will play New Palestine, the winner of the Southeast Indiana Cal Ripken tournament at Shelbyville this weekend in a best-of-three series.
The two teams play the first game of the series Saturday at 5 p.m. With another contest Saturday at 7 p.m.
If necessary, the series will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Clay County 12s have already qualified to compete in the Ohio Valley Cal Ripken tournament the following weekend regardless of the results of the series at Shelbyville.