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1092690 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-05-05 04:15:37.0 UTC 2010-05-05T00:15:37.000-04:00 4a-baseball-jesuit-gets-late-homer-to-edge-osceola Published 2010-05-05 04:42:49.0 UTC 2010-05-05T00:42:49.000-04:00 sports/baseballpreps DTI 62301969 SEMINOLE — The first time Jesuit's Kris Johnson made contact in the seventh inning, the ball drifted beyond the first-base line into foul territory before falling out of an Osceola outfielder's glove. A few pitches later, Johnson fouled off another pitch that drifted toward the backstop. He was given another chance when the Warriors catcher misjudged the flyball and it dropped foul. The third time he made contact, Johnson made it count, walloping a pitch that sailed beyond the left-centerfield for a home run that turned out to be the winning run in a 4-3 victory in the Class 4A region quarterfinals. The Tigers improve to 25-3 and move on to play in Friday's region semifinals. Osceola ends its season at 22-6. "I was frustrated after the first few foul balls," Johnson said. "I just told myself I wasn't going to miss another fastball again. It felt great coming off my bat and once I saw the leftfielder didn't move, I knew it was gone." Until that point, the Warriors had seized momentum, rallying from an early 3-0 deficit by scoring twice in the second inning and once in the fifth inning to tie the score. In the sixth, Osceola appeared to be in good position to go ahead with a runner on third with one out. But Jesuit starter Daniel Gibson struck out one batter, then Lance McCullers came on in relief to strike out the next to end the threat. "We told (Gibson) once he came out in the sixth that we weren't going into extra innings," Johnson said. "We were going to win the game for him." Johnson's heroics spoiled an otherwise strong performance from Osceola's Taylor Layner, who allowed six hits and struck out 11. "We knew Taylor was going to be tough to hit and he got a lot of strikeouts against us," Jesuit coach Richie Warren said. "We had to make the most of our opportunities when we put the ball in play. We got just enough hits, especially with that big home run, to get us through." The Warriors' best chance to tie ended when Josh Townsend hit a deep flyball that was caught at the warning track in the bottom of the seventh. By Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer Hillsborough,Preps,Pinellas,Sports 4A baseball: Jesuit gets late homer to edge Osceola TJOHNSONN 0STC Sports 0 Star dhvns6epb07r dhvns Late homer burns Warriors <p><b>. Up next</b></p><p><b>Region semifinals</b></p><p>Games Friday at 7 unless noted</p><p><b>5A: </b>Seminole at Dunedin (Jack Russell Stadium), 7:30</p><p><b>3A: </b>Tampa Catholic at Clearwater Central Catholic</p><p><b>2A: </b>Northside Christian at Shorecrest, 4</p> Pinellas, Hillsborough 5 pin_4Aosceola050510 Late homer burns Warriors 2010-05-05 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-05-05T00:00:00.000-04:00 Jesuit&#8217;s Daniel Cooper slides safely into home past a misthrown ball to Osceola catcher Evan Hock in the second. resources/images/dti/2010/05/c0s_osceolabball050_120344a.jpg MELISSA LYTTLE | Times resources/images/dti/rendered/2010/05/c0s_osceolabball050_120344a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2010/05/c0s_osceolabball050_120344a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/05/05/62301969-4a-baseball-jesuit-gets-late-homer-to-edge-osceola StaffArticle sports,prepsHigh School SportsSEMINOLE — The first time Jesuit's Kris Johnson made contact in the seventh inning, the ball drifted beyond the first-base line into foul territory before falling out of an Osceola outfielder's glove.Hillsborough,Preps,Pinellas,SportsHillsborough,Preps,Pinellas,SportsBob Putnam 380281 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:21.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:21.000-04:00 bob-putnam published 2015-08-05 17:17:13.0 UTC 2015-08-05T13:17:13.000-04:00 Bob Putnam <p>Bob Putnam has covered high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times as a staff writer since 1996. He is a fourth-generation Floridian who graduated from Dixie Hollins High School and wrote for the student newspapers at St. Petersburg College and USF. He has covered the high school careers of football stars Riley Cooper (CCC/Florida/Philadelphia Eagles), Dante Fowler (Lakewood/Florida/Jacksonville Jaguars), Leonard Johnson (Largo/Iowa State/Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Dexter McCluster (Largo, Mississippi/Tennessee Titans), among others.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745471 Bob Putnam has covered high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times as a staff writer since 1996. He is a fourth-generation Floridian who graduated from Dixie Hollins High School and wrote for the student newspapers at St. Petersburg College and USF. He has covered the high school careers of football stars Riley Cooper (CCC/Florida/Philadelphia Eagles), Dante Fowler (Lakewood/Florida/Jacksonville Jaguars), Leonard Johnson (Largo/Iowa State/Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Dexter McCluster (Largo, Mississippi/Tennessee Titans), among others. <p>Phone: (727) 580-4395</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:bputnam@tampabay.com ">bputnam@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Putnam_Bob_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745471-bob-putnam AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:21.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:21.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">BOB PUTNAM</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2286624 2016-07-24 02:11:15.0 UTC 1 Month Ago makeup-as-impressive-as-talent-with-rays-rookie-snell sports/baseball/rays Colome gives up two homers in ninth as Rays lose to A's StaffArticle 2290342 2016-08-20 04:22:06.0 UTC 1 Week Ago preseason-football-oxbridge-academy-49-osceola-0 sports/footballpreps Preseason football: Oxbridge Academy 49, Osceola 0 StaffArticle 2291219 2016-08-27 05:22:03.0 UTC 3 Days Ago football-pinellas-park-44-osceola-7 sports/footballpreps Football: Pinellas Park 44, Osceola 7 StaffArticle <p>SEMINOLE — The first time Jesuit's Kris Johnson made contact in the seventh inning, the ball drifted beyond the first-base line into foul territory before falling out of an Osceola outfielder's glove.</p> <p>A few pitches later, Johnson fouled off another pitch that drifted toward the backstop. He was given another chance when the Warriors catcher misjudged the flyball and it dropped foul.</p> <p>The third time he made contact, Johnson made it count, walloping a pitch that sailed beyond the left-centerfield for a home run that turned out to be the winning run in a 4-3 victory in the Class 4A region quarterfinals.</p> <p>The Tigers improve to 25-3 and move on to play in Friday's region semifinals. Osceola ends its season at 22-6.</p> <p>&quot;I was frustrated after the first few foul balls,&quot; Johnson said. &quot;I just told myself I wasn't going to miss another fastball again. It felt great coming off my bat and once I saw the leftfielder didn't move, I knew it was gone.&quot;</p> <p>Until that point, the Warriors had seized momentum, rallying from an early 3-0 deficit by scoring twice in the second inning and once in the fifth inning to tie the score.</p> <p>In the sixth, Osceola appeared to be in good position to go ahead with a runner on third with one out. </p> <p>But Jesuit starter Daniel Gibson struck out one batter, then Lance McCullers came on in relief to strike out the next to end the threat.</p> <p>&quot;We told (Gibson) once he came out in the sixth that we weren't going into extra innings,&quot; Johnson said. &quot;We were going to win the game for him.&quot;</p> <p>Johnson's heroics spoiled an otherwise strong performance from Osceola's Taylor Layner, who allowed six hits and struck out 11.</p> <p>&quot;We knew Taylor was going to be tough to hit and he got a lot of strikeouts against us,&quot; Jesuit coach Richie Warren said. &quot;We had to make the most of our opportunities when we put the ball in play. We got just enough hits, especially with that big home run, to get us through.&quot;</p> <p>The Warriors' best chance to tie ended when Josh Townsend hit a deep flyball that was caught at the warning track in the bottom of the seventh.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:41:59