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Bishop McLaughlin defeated Santa Fe Catholic in the region quarterfinals for the second season in a row Tuesday.
But the Hurricanes had a more difficult time than expected.
Bishop McLaughlin trailed 4-1 going into the fifth inning but rallied to defeat the Hawks 7-4 to advance to the region semifinals for the second straight year.
“It was a tough victory, to say the least,” Bishop McLaughlin coach Nick Rodriguez said.
Austin Ferlita was the hero for the Hurricanes (21-7) after his bases-loaded single to rightfield brought home the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth inning. Ferlita finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Andy Olaniel started on the mound for Bishop McLaughlin but was dealing with some tightness and was pulled after opening the game with back-to-back walks.
Cy Beermann entered in relief and, after allowing both of Olaniel’s runners to score, went the rest of the way to keep the Hurricanes within striking distance.
“Beermann threw a gem for us,” Rodriguez said. “He held us in the game, and, once we got ahead, he shut them down.”
Tyler Cooler also had a big night for the Hurricanes, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Bishop McLaughlin advances to play Brooks-DeBartolo Friday. The Hurricanes beat the Phoenix 11-4 on Thursday to win the district championship and are 3-0 against the team this season.