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2A baseball: Bishop McLaughlin breaks through to first region final

The Ledger

LAKELAND — David Heintz pitched seven solid innings Friday night and Bishop McLaughlin booked its first trip to a region final in any sport.

The Hurricanes took advantage of Lakeland Christian's poor night on the mound to prevail 8-4 in the Class 2A region semifinals.

LCS gave Bishop McLaughlin 12 free passes (nine walks, three hit batters) before the Hurricanes secured their first 20-win season in the program's five-year history.

Now the Hurricanes get to host a region final next Friday against Shorecrest.

They can thank Heintz for staying tough on the mound and keeping a dangerous Vikings lineup in check despite not having his best stuff on seven days of rest.

"He went out there and got us a 'W' in the regional semifinals vs. a very good hitting baseball team," Hurricanes coach Nick Rodriguez said.

Bishop McLaughlin got plenty of offense as well.

It took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Heintz and pushed its advantage to 4-1 in the third thanks to RBI walks by Cy Beermann, Alex Pumo and a throwing error by LCS.

The Hurricanes took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by Pumo and added their last run on a wild pitch by LCS left-hander Corey Stump in the eighth.

2A baseball: Bishop McLaughlin breaks through to first region final 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:27pm]
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