State baseball: Steinbrenner 2, Western Hialeah 0
FORT MYERS — Steinbrenner struck early in Saturday's Class 8A state semifinal and never backed down, as Patrick Morris' two RBIs and a sound defense led the Warriors to a 2-0 victory against Westland Hialeah.
The Warriors were in trouble early when an error, single and hit by pitch loaded the bases for Westland Hialeah in the first inning, but Steinbrenner got out of the jam with the first of two big double plays.
Westland Hialeah had runners in scoring position in the third, sixth and seventh innings, too, but the Steinbrenner defense — led by CJ Van Eyk, who struck out six and gave up six hits in a complete game — prevailed each time.
The Warriors weren't as strong offensively, notching just three hits, both in the first inning. Van Eyk had a lead off single, and Morris drove him home with a double to the fences. Steinbrenner scored its second run after Van Eyk was hit by a pitch and Morris followed later with an RBI sacrifice fly.
Steinbrenner, which is making its first appearance at the state final four, will play Oviedo Hagerty in the state championship at 7:35 p.m. today. The Huskies won a rain-delayed semifinal 19-16 in 12 innings Friday.