NAPLES — Cambridge Christian coach Sam Marsonek has admittedly battled mental letdowns with his team this season. But with plenty of runs on the scoreboard in Tuesday’s Class A region quarterfinal, the Lancers could afford to be a little sloppy.
Cambridge built a big lead in the fourth and held off a later comeback attempt in a 10-6 victory over A-10 district champion Seacrest Country Day.
The key was the Lancers’ eight-run fourth inning, highlighted by Jordan Lewis’ three-run home run.
Andrew Widdell had three hits for Cambridge. Lewis (three RBIs) and Levi Gilcrease each had two hits, and Spencer Wynn and Zach Hessinger each had two RBIs.
“Our hit-and-run on Jordan’s homer wasn’t very conventional, but it put pressure on Seacrest,” Marsonek said. “We tried to let them back into it later in the game. That was a little lack of focus on our part. We gave them a few outs. Mental focus is something we’ve battled all season. We had a very good game today — for about the first 18 outs.”
The Lancers (15-12) essentially put it away in the fourth by sending 11 to the plate and driving off Seacrest (20-8) starter Jeffrey Ortiz, who was seeking his seventh win. That turned a 2-1 deficit into a 9-2 advantage for the Lancers.