Olympia (Orlando), the No. 1 team in the Super 25 baseball rankings, saw its undefeated season come to an end Friday night in a Florida 8A-3A district title game loss to Apopka, 8-4.
It was only the third time this season that the Titans (25-1-1) have allowed more than three runs.
The loss impacts home field in the first round of the regionals next week, but district winners and runners-up advance to the regional round in Florida. The teams could meet again in the second round.
Apopka (21-6-1) took charge early, but could not score. In the first two innings, they Darters had four hits but stranded five runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the first. Olympia did not have a hit in the first three innings as Darters righthander Nick Barber recorded five strikeouts.
Apopka’s Evan Harold drove in two runs with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth for a 2-0 lead before the floodagates opened in the fifth. Olympia needed three pitchers to escape as Apopka posted six runs and took an 8-1 lead. Olympia pulled its ace, Florida commit Michael Byrne, after he allowed two hits in the fifth.
Olympia attempted to rally in the seventh as Central Florida commit Juan Hillman drove in two runs with a triple, but the Titans could draw no closer than 8-4.