TAPIOLA - Houghton gained a spot in the Over 50 Softball League playoff championship with a 15-5 win over Tapiola Monday night.
Dave Usitalo paced a 21-hit attack by the winners by going 5-for-5. Pete Pellissero homered among his four hits and Chester Marcol, Tom Merz, Dave Hoffman and Jed Pollard added two raps apiece.
Jim Oikarinen, Pete Oikarinen and losing pitcher Jed Denomie had three hits apiece for Tapiola. Andy Heikkinen, Den Salbashian and John Onkalo counted two hits each.
Steve Dunstan was the winning hurler. Houghton plated eight runs in the third inning to snap a scoreless tie.
Houghton will play South Range at 6:15 p.m. Thursday and needs to win twice to gain the title.