SPRING HILL — Bishop McLaughlin is hosting the Class 2A, District 9 tournament this week, and the team sent a clear message to its opponent for the championship game with its win in the semifinal Tuesday.
The Hurricanes scored in every inning of the five-inning 13-2 mercy-rule victory over Indian Rocks Christian.
Bishop McLaughlin (11-12) found every way possible to reach base and once the runners got there, aggression was the name of the game. The Hurricanes stole six bases, led by leadoff hitter Mike Gonzalez with three. Gonzalez also scored four runs.
"This is definitely how we hoped to come out," Bishop McLaughlin coach Nick Rodriguez said. "This is how we can play when we play our style of ball, confident and aggressive on the bases."
Up 11-2 in the bottom of the fifth, catcher T.J. Wharton knocked a walk-off two-run homer over the left-centerfield fence to eliminate Indian Rocks Christian (10-12) from the postseason.
The Hurricanes will meet Tampa Prep in the championship Thursday after the Terrapins topped Calvary Christian 11-3 in the second semifinal.
Tampa Prep (14-12) defended its top seed by hitting Warriors starter Aaron Watson early and often. In the first two innings, the Terps scored the bulk of their runs on a three-run homer from John Arnold in the first and a three-run double by Gary Esposito in the second.
Although Tampa Prep walked 11, three pitchers combined to hold the Warriors (13-12) down.
The Terps and the Hurricanes split their regular season-meetings with each team winning one game on the road.