The Quad Cities River Bandits got an early lead and dominating effort from Kit Scheetz in a 6-1 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday at Veterans Memorial Stadium to advance to the Midwest League Championship Series. By winning the decisive Game 3, Quad Cities reaches the finals for the twelfth time in franchise history.

Josh Rojas clubbed a three-run double in the first inning to give the Bandits (4-2, 79-59) an early lead. Rojas would later score on a sacrifice fly from Bryan De La Cruz in the fourth inning to add to that advantage.

That was plenty of offense for Scheetz, who allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high nine batters. Scheetz (1-0) went 6.2 innings and at one point retired 13 straight Kernels (4-3, 75-65). He didn’t allow a run until the seventh when a solo home run from Aaron Whitefield got the Bandits on the board.

Quad Cities got two insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Chuckie Robinson and Kristian Trompiz. Salvador Montano and Robert Corniel combined for 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.

The River Bandits previously won the Midwest League title in 2011 and 2013. The Quad Cities franchise also won in 1990, 1979, 1971 and 1968.