SHADY HILLS — It took until only the bottom of the second inning for Bishop McLaughlin to grab a 6-0 lead over Santa Fe Catholic on Tuesday night.
And it took only a couple of innings for the Hurricanes to have coach Nick Rodriguez feeling that his team let up just a little.
But the Hurricanes refocused and racked up 10 hits en route to an 8-1 victory in their Class 2A region quarterfinal.
"I didn't feel like we were into the game as quite as we needed to be," Rodriguez said. "But I'm very proud of the win. When we show up to play, I think we can play with anybody. I think we have shown that with some of our wins this year."
And the Hurricanes (19-9) looked as if they were on pace to end the game early by putting up six runs in the second, highlighted by T.J. Wharton's two-run home run off Hawks pitcher Luke Razzano.
Hurricanes starting pitcher Cy Beermann allowed one earned run in six innings and had five strikeouts on 101 pitches.
The Hurricanes let up a little after taking the lead, and the Hawks (5-13) took advantage to score their lone run.
In the bottom of the fifth, Evan Barnes hit a single to drive in pinch-runner Dillow Jayne from second base.
"I've beaten (Santa Fe) twice already, and it made me feel confident that my coach put me out there for this game," Beermann said.
Bishop McLaughlin travels to Lakeland Christian, which defeated Tampa Prep, for a region semifinal matchup Friday.