Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mooney Blanks Keswick | Cougars Have Rematch with Seacrest with Trip to State on the Line

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mooney Blanks Keswick | Cougars Have Rematch with Seacrest with Trip to State on the Line

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BASEBALL CLASS 2A-REGION 3

SARASOTA -- Right-handers Grady Martin and Blake Schlabach combined for a five-hit shutout and senior catcher Cameron Carmona delivered a decisive bases-loaded double to lift the host Sarasota Christian Blazers to a 4-0 victory over St. Petersburg Keswick in a Class 2A-Region 3 semifinal baseball game on Thursday night.

The win places the Blazers (10-15) back at home in a region final against Naples Seacrest Country Day on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Seacrest won its semifinal over Seven Rivers Christian on Thursday.

Sarasota Christian won the district title last week against Seacrest, a team the Blazers lost to twice during the regular season.

The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the State Final Four at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers. The last time the Blazers advanced to the Final Four was in 2007 after getting there in 2005 and 2006, as well.

"We're two teams that know each other real well," veteran Sarasota Christian baseball coach Chris Lee said of his team's upcoming fourth game of the season against Seacrest. "Whoever gets the best pitching will win.

"We'll need to swing the bats better than we did tonight."

But the Blazers, who collected seven hits on Thursday, swung the bats well enough to get the job done against Keswick.

The Blazers scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, aided by a pair of Keswick defensive miscues.

After Trevor Byers reached base on an error, Jordan Schmucker and Schlabach, who began the game at shortstop, provided a pair of textbook bunt singles to load the bases. Byers scored on another error before Carmona drove in three with a double to deep left- center field.

"I think we just waited for our time," Lee said. "We had a couple of key bunts. Then Cam delivered his shot."

Martin worked the first six innings, scattering four hits and striking out six.

Schlabach worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Keswick first baseman Quinton Pertkiewicz to end the game. …

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