Chargers senior comes through on the mound
ST. PETERSBURG — Tyler Larson threw his fourth complete-game shutout of the season to lead Shorecrest to a 4-0 win over Evangelical Christian in the Class 2A region semis Tuesday.
The lone senior on a roster full of sophomores and freshmen was dominant from the start in his 90-pitch outing, tossing 11 strikeouts while allowing just one hit and two walks.
The Chargers, who avenged their 2006 loss in the region semifinals to the Sentinels, gave Larson enough to work with in the first inning on Spencer Heath's RBI single. Shorecrest (19-7) added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Marc Brakeman went 3-for-3 and finished the game a home run short of the cycle.
"We feel like we're playing some really good baseball now and anything is possible," Larson said. "I've never been so happy in my life. I'm excited about what we can do from here on out."
Chris Girandola, Times correspondent