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Sunday, Sep 21, 2014
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Bloomingdale cruises into state final


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One win away.

Bloomingdale High’s softball team defeated Weston Cypress Bay, 9-1, in the Class 8A state semifinals Wednesday in Vero Beach, putting the Bulls in today’s state final against Hagerty at 4:35 p.m.

Bloomingdale last won a state title in 1993 and has not played in a state final since 1997.

“It was a great team win all around,” first-year Bloomingdale coach Mandy Schuerman said. “We had solid defense and solid pitching. Our timely hitting really came around in this game.”

Against Cypress Bay, ranked No. 7 in 8A, No. 6 Bloomingdale (26-3) had its most productive hitting performance of the state playoffs, finishing with 11 hits.

None were bigger than junior Jenna Beswick’s three-run homer in the third inning, her first of the season, to give Bloomingdale a 5-1 lead.

“I thought we were hitting before that hit, but that seemed to break it open,” Schuerman said.

Bloomingdale junior Lace Smith struck out six and allowed three hits.

Smith helped herself with two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Darby Bernaldo had two hits and three RBIs. Junior second baseman Elizabeth Jackson added two runs and two hits.

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