BRADENTON — Bradenton Manatee fell into a quick hole but once again rebounded, earning a 15-5 win over King during Tuesday’s Class 5A, Region 3 quarterfinal.
The Hurricanes (20-8) won in walk-off fashion, with Tyler Beeman’s two-out single in the bottom of the sixth triggering the 10-run mercy rule. It was a long way from how the game began, when King (17-10) jumped to a 2-0 lead after half an inning.
Manatee sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four times in the bottom of the first, a lead it never relinquished.
The Hurricanes began to pull away in the fourth, when they scored three runs to extend their lead to 7-3. Chase Sandberg (three hits, four runs scored, an RBI) and Correlle Prime homered, and Beeman singled in a run.
The Lions trimmed the lead to 8-5 in the sixth before Manatee exploded with seven runs in the sixth. Beeman drove in two himself, beginning with a home run.
Manatee finished with 19 hits, including 12 off starter Devin Smith, who entered the game 8-0. He lasted just 32/3 innings Tuesday, allowing six earned runs.