Oviedo High scored nine runs in a scorching first inning as it held on to beat Plant City Durant 12-0 on Wednesday in the Class 7A baseball semifinals at JetBlue Park.
Cooper Bradford went six innings for the Lions (24-5) and picked up the win, striking out one on three hits. Austin Miller picked up the save.
The Cougars (23-7) posted five hits for the game, though were stalled for much of the game. They picked up their first hit in the fourth inning.
“Pitching with a lead, it gives you the confidence going out and not worrying about giving up a hit here or there and not be so tight out on the mound,” Bradford said.
The Lions move on to face the winner of Sarasota, 3-2 winners over Royal Palm Beach in the other semifinal Wednesday, on Thursday in the Class 7A championship game at 4:05 p.m.
Oviedo recorded 16 hits, with every hitter in the lineup posting at least one. All but one player had an RBI, with Shane Miller leading with two hits and three RBI.
Sarasota moves on: Royal Palm Beach put two men on base in the bottom half of the seventh inning, but Sarasota gunned the tying run at home and clinched a 3-2 win on Wednesday in the Class 7A baseball semifinal at JetBlue Park.
Both teams combined to commit seven errors on the game, but it was the poor baserunning by Royal Palm Beach that proved to be the difference.
The Wildcats (19-12) were picked off on the base paths four times, including the final out.
“We made some huge mistakes on the basepaths that cost us the game,” Royal Palm Beach head coach Kason Gabbard said. “We fought the whole game.”
Sarasota moves on to face Oviedo on Thursday in the Class 7A title game. The Lions defeated Plant City Durant 12-0 in the other semifinal Wednesday.
The loss erased an otherwise quality outing from starter Triston McKenzie, a University of Vanderbilt signee, who went seven innings, struck out nine and walked just two on four hits.
Sylar Frey led the Sailors with two hits and a run scored. Adam Imwalle added two hits and a run.