Cambridge Christian jumped all over Bayshore Christian early and cruised to a 17-1 victory in the Class 1A-District 10 championship Thursday afternoon at Doc Nance Field, a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
The Lancers batted around the order in three of their four at-bats, and scored at least four runs in every inning. Every Cambridge Christian starter reached base at least once, seven either scored a run or drove one in, and four players - Andrew Widell, Logan McDougall, Matt Fishman and Hayden Kelley - had multiple hits, as the Lancers pounded out 12 in the game.
"I thought we hit the ball real well today," Cambridge Christian coach Rick Shears said. "We wanted to concentrate on that. That's always kind of our downfall. We're usually pretty good defensively, and pitching, we'll be fine in that area. But we hit the ball well, and I was very proud of them."
Widell went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three runs scored, Kelley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Peter Miller hit a two-run homer and scored three times, and McDougall and Trent Tagliarini each scored four times.
Tucker Kasm went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Faith Warriors.
4A-8: Pasco will face Nature Coast for title
ZEPHYRHILLS - Pasco and Nature Coast Tech will meet for the Class 4A-District 8 title after the Pirates defeated Wiregrass Ranch 9-1 and the Sharks routed Springstead 16-2.
Pasco scored two runs in the first, four in the second and three in the third. Starting pitcher Brennan Allen (7-1) pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out six. Josh Johnson scored three runs and stole two bases for the Pirates.
In the second semifinal, Nature Coast Tech put on an impressive offensive display. The Sharks collected 15 hits, stole eight bases and had seven players score at least two runs.
3A-11: Rowland's 2 HRs send Crusaders to crown
ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa Catholic junior catcher Shane Rowland recorded his first two-homer game, leading the Crusaders to an 11-1 win vs. St. Petersburg Catholic in five innings to capture the Class 3A-District 11 crown. As a result, the Crusaders will host a region quarterfinal game next week.
Rowland drilled a two-run shot to right in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. In the fifth, his three-run blast to right gave the Crusaders an 8-1 lead. Rowland also doubled down the right-field line in the third.
"You just have to get a pitch you like and then go after it," Rowland said. "I hit a fastball for my first home run and my second it was a hanging curveball. I'm just seeing the ball real good. Pitches look fat to me."
2A-9: Tampa Prep tops Bishop McLaughlin 10-3
SPRING HILL - Joey Bobo drove in three runs and scored three as Tampa Prep downed host Bishop McLaughlin 10-3 in the Class 2A-District 9 final.
Bishop McLaughlin led 3-1 in the fifth when Tampa Prep erupted for five runs. Corbin Hayes and Bobo each doubled in two runs. One more run scored on an error.
Tampa Prep added four runs in the sixth with Bobo singling home a run and John Arnold and Gary Esposito doubling home runs.
In region play, Tampa Prep will host Winter Haven All Saints' on Tuesday night. Bishop McLaughlin will face Fort Meade on the road Tuesday.
1A-9: Seffner Christian falls to Sonrise in final
SEFFNER - Lakeland Sonrise Christian used a six-run second inning to beat Seffner Christian 12-5 in the Class 1A-District 9 championship game.
Seffner led off the game by scoring two runs on a single by Grant Dohrenwend and a double by Garrett Saunders.
Sonrise got two of its own in the first and then sent 10 batters to the plate in the second.
In the fourth, Seffner attempted a comeback with three runs when Ryan Brushwood, Joey Kohl and Landon Allensworth singled around an error and sac fly. However, Sonrise came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.