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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Osceola brought the drama in winning the Class 4A, District 10 final 5-4 in eight innings Friday over Lakewood Ranch.
Lakewood Ranch was all set to hoist the championship trophy before Scott Schlapinski, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the Mustangs up 4-3, took a 1-2 offering from Brett Hanewich and hammered it over the fence in leftfield.
An inning later, Seth McGarry came in to relieve Hanewich with two outs and a runner on third. But McGarry’s first pitch sailed over the glove of catcher Tyler Dauphinee and hit the backstop, allowing Jordan Ramsey to dart home with the winning run.
It was a quick turnaround.
The second-seeded Mustangs (23-6) took the lead in the seventh when McGarry legged out an infield hit with two outs and runners on second and third. Hanewich, who relieved Phil Dilandro in the fourth inning and struck out Florida State signee Taylor Layner with two outs and the bases loaded to preserve a 3-all tie, retired the first two hitters he faced in the seventh before Schlapinski homered.
After throwing a complete game Wednesday against Palmetto in the semifinals, Layner came in with a runner on first and none out in the seventh and nearly pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam before McGarry’s single.
Layner then struck out the side in the top of the eighth.
“He’s the real deal. That kid’s tough,” Lakewood Ranch coach Mike Mullen said.