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Region baseball roundup: Bishop McLaughlin, Land O'Lakes fall

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Thu. May 3, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Bishop McLaughlin’s season ended 4-0 at Lakeland Christian on Thursday in the Class 3A region quarterfinals.

Lakeland Christian (16-9) took advantage of Bishop errors in the third inning. The Hurricanes (18-10) mishandled a few throws, leading to the Vikings’ three-run frame.

“That really was all it took for them to get over the top,” Bishop coach Tom LoSauro said.

Bishop struck out 12 times and mustered only four hits — two by Austin Ferlita, one by Julian Van Horn and another by Ty Cooler.

“We had a couple of chances early to put some runs on the board,” LoSauro said. “We just couldn’t break the ice.”

The defeat ended LoSauro’s first year at Bishop, but the coach said he was pleased with his program’s development.

“Overall I think we had a very good year,” LoSauro said. “We tried to upgrade the schedule a little bit in hopes that would make us a little bit more playoff ready. The kids worked hard. It took them a while to get used to a new head coach. To their credit, they worked hard, and they persevered and did everything I asked.”

Class 6A, Winter Haven 4, Land O’Lakes 3: Pasco County’s baseball season came to an end Thursday night with the Gators’ loss on the road in the Class 6A regionals.

Land O’Lakes (18-10) dropped its second straight quarterfinal by one run after an 11-10 heartbreaker against Mitchell last spring. The Gators’ last win in the state tournament came in 2000.

Winter Haven (16-10) faces Tarpon Springs next.

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