LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian and Bishop McLaughlin knew going into their respective Class 2A, District 10 semifinals that they would likely breeze past their opponents and meet in the title game.
The semifinals would merely be warmups for the Golden Eagles and Hurricanes, as both squads 10-run ruled their opponents Tuesday.
Indian Rocks Christian rolled past Brooks-DeBartolo 12-2 and Bishop McLaughlin easily defeated winless Tampa Prep 10-0 to set up Thursday afternoon’s final.
“We have had two good games with Bishop McLaughlin this season,” IRC coach Phil Farver said.
“John (Yaratch) and I are a lot alike with the same kind of ball we play and everything. His squad has a couple good travel ball players and my team is very young. If we’re going to win, we’re going to have to do it by playing good defense and taking advantage of any errors.”
Farver’s squad made sure they punched their ticket to the championship and didn’t have to compile many hits to do it. The Golden Eagles had five hits to go along with the 12 runs. Jen Lyons struck out nine batters, and seventh-grader Kaelyn Burris went 3-of-4 and scored three times.
In Bishop McLaughlin’s shutout, Hurricane pitchers Kelsey Butler and Megan Malone combined for a no-hitter and struck out nine batters.
The Hurricanes sat many of their regular starters early, including standout catcher Amy Szymanowski. Bishop McLaughlin (14-10) scored 10 runs on 10 hits and took advantage of six walks.
“We kind of knew we would be facing Indian Rocks this Thursday,” Yaratch said.
The Hurricanes won both meetings with the Golden Eagles this season.