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TAMPA — The pop on Brooks-DeBartolo senior Adam Eggnatz’s bat during Tuesday’s Class 2A, District 10 semifinal matchup vs. Indian Rocks Christian was helped a little bit by the gusty winds at Tampa Prep’s field.
It helped so much that when Eggnatz hit what even he thought was a seemingly harmless flyout to leftfield in the top of the sixth inning, the ball carried out of the ballpark to give the Phoenix the lead. His two-home run performance helped lift Brooks-DeBartolo a 6-3 win over the Golden Eagles as the Phoenix advance to face Bishop McLaughlin, which defeated Tampa Prep 14-4 in the other semifinal.
“We’ve been riding our seniors the past three years,” Brooks-DeBartolo coach Donnie Oliver said. “I’ve been telling the guys since Day One that we’re going to have the opportunity to play in districts and that everything will be fine.”
Brooks-DeBartolo basically seized control after Eggnatz’s sixth-inning homer. The Phoenix got a stellar pitching performance from senior Javier Reynoso, who allowed only two hits.
Bishop McLaughlin had an easier time disposing of Tampa Prep in the evening semifinal, but not without the Terrapins giving the Hurricanes a little bit of a scare.
Tampa Prep exploded out of the gate in the top of the first off pitcher Cy Beermann (three strikeouts) and took a 3-0 lead. The Hurricanes answered back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs.
Bishop McLaughlin delivered the final blow with a huge bottom of the fifth inning by notching nine hits and eight runs to build an 11-3 lead.