RIVERVIEW — Tyler Alexander homered for the second straight game and pitched two innings of scoreless relief Thursday, leading Armwood to a 7-4 win over Plant City in the Class 5A, District 8 title game.
The Hawks, state semifinalists last season, have won back-to-back district titles.
Alexander followed a walk to Jackson Fameree and single by Josh Spano with a three-run blast over the rightfield fence in the top of the first inning.
"He's had a lot of big innings in relief this year and he's had a lot of clutch hits. He's a big senior leader," Armwood coach Mike Wrenn said of the lefthander, who allowed just one hit with five strikeouts and added a double.
Spano (3-3) pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks. He also went 4-for-4 at the plate, including a two-run homer in the Hawks' three-run second.
Famaree added a run-scoring single in that inning as Armwood (16-9) banged out 13 hits.
Plant City (17-8) scored all of its runs in the second. Mike Durig had a two-run single. The Raiders threatened twice more, getting two on with no outs in the third and loading the bases in the fifth. Spano worked out of both jams before Wrenn went to Alexander for the final two frames.