SEFFNER — Zach Powers pitched a three-hit shutout Friday, leading Armwood to a 4-0 win over district rival Plant City in a Class 5A region semifinal.
The Hawks, state finalists last season, extended their season-high win streak to six by defeating the Raiders for the third time in four games.
Powers (6-1) went the distance, but his complete-game effort appeared in jeopardy in the seventh inning when he loaded the bases on a Sebastian Ray double and two hit batters. The right-hander worked out of that jam by striking out two and inducing an infield popup.
"I just always do that, I don't know why," Powers said. "I feel like I pitch better under pressure. I could definitely do without it."
Coach Mike Wrenn went out to the mound during that final inning, but did not consider taking out his starter unless Plant City pushed a run across.
"This is his game," Wrenn said. "He started it. I would like to see him finish it."
Armwood (18-9) scored all the runs it needed in the first. Jordan Famareee and Tyler Alexander drew walks from Plant City starter Mike Durig (5-4) with both runners scoring on Mark Mahoney's sacrifice fly and Ty Pierson's RBI single.
The Hawks added a run in the third when Tanner Emmons singled and raced home on a Paul John Rodriguez groundout. They added a run in the fifth on a bases-loaded, two-out walk to Powers. Plant City (18-9) never got a base runner to third until the seventh. Matt Singletary and Micah Carmony each singled for the Raiders' only other hits.
"We had great defense today and the offense backed me up big time," Powers said.